A hovercraft, also known as an air-cushion vehicle (or ACV), is a craft capable of travelling over land, water, mud, ice, and other surfaces.
Early History Edit
Hovercraft can be powered by one or more engines. On vehicles with several engines, one usually drives the fan (or impeller), which is responsible for lifting the vehicle by forcing high pressure air under the craft. The air inflates the "skirt" under the vehicle, causing it to rise above the surface. Additional engines provide thrust in order to propel the craft. Some hovercraft use ducting to allow one engine to perform both tasks by directing some of the air to the skirt, the rest of the air passing out of the back to push the craft forward.