Flying Hovercraft

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Yes it’s completely bonkers and yes it’s real. This hovercraft has integrated wings that allows the pond skimmer to fly.

This aquatic beast gets off the wet stuff with help from it’s turbocharged, 130hp engine, 60″ wood/carbon composite thrust propeller, fibreglass hull and 1,100rpm lift fan which inflates its durable vinyl-coated nylon skirt for hovering above the ground.

Operating in fresh- or saltwater and up to 30% inclines over sand, mud, grass, swamp, desert, ice, and snow, its wings and horizontal elevator enable pilots to simply hop over water- or land-based obstacles up to 20′-high.

A joystick controls three vertical rudders and the elevator, a twist friction-lock throttle controls forward speed, and a variable drive system controls the lift fan for hovering. Braking is provided by lowering the lift fan’s rpms; comes to rest on Kevlar composite landing skids.

Its low centre of gravity and composite fibreglass/PVC hull enable it to operate in winds up to 25 mph and waves up to 6′ when in flight. Two nine-gallon fuel tanks provide a 160-mile range. Supports pilot/passenger payloads up to 600 lbs. for flight.

And you can have all of this for just short of $200,000

source: hammacher schlemmer