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Take A Look Inside One of the Most Unusual Vehicles Ever

Short | 02:38

Climb into the guts of a hovercraft, as a team of salvage experts, led by a former NASA engineer, disassemble and cut through this iconic and unique vehicle.

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    • Friday
    • 4:00pm
    Aug 16
    • Friday
    • 3:00pm
    Aug 23
    • Thursday
    • 10:00am
    Aug 29

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A futuristic new mode of transportation, part plane, part boat, and part helicopter, the launch of the hovercraft in 1969 was unlike anything ever seen. After 31 years of service and a collective 2.5 million miles back and forth across the English Channel, they were decommissioned. As a salvage team prepares to take one apart to sell whatever they can for recycling, former NASA engineer Chad Zdenek examines the engineering genius involved in making the hovercraft a giant of its time.

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