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Vosper Thorneycroft's VT hovercraft
« on: November 07, 2022, 14:15:46 pm »
May 1970, Vosper Thorneycroft's VT1-001 on trials in the Solent. Launched (if that's the right word for a hovercraft!) in August 1969, VT1-001 was the first prototype of the unsuccessful VT series. Modified and renamed VT2 in 1972, the Ministry of Defence bought it for evaluation purposes, but nearly a decade later it was sold to Hoverspeed who wanted the engines as spares for their SRN4s. Eventually the craft was stripped down for spares and scrapped at Pegwell Bay.
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Re: Vosper Thorneycroft's VT hovercraft
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2022, 14:34:56 pm »
VT1-001 backing off the beach at Southsea.
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Re: Vosper Thorneycroft's VT hovercraft
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2022, 14:43:05 pm »
Here's the craft after modification - now powered by two ducted fans instead of submersed screws, and with a new name - VT2.
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Re: Vosper Thorneycroft's VT hovercraft
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2022, 16:36:42 pm »
VT2 setting off to conduct minesweeping trials, April 1976.
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