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Author Topic: Hackaday's History of the Hovercraft  (Read 607 times)
von Corax
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« on: February 18, 2018, 03:56:54 am »

We think of hovercraft as a modern conveyance. After all, any vision of the future usually includes hovercraft or flying cars along with all the other things we imagine in the future. So when do you think the hovercraft first appeared? The 1960s? The 1950s? Maybe it was a World War II development from the 1940s? Turns out, a human-powered hovercraft was dreamed up (but not built) in 1716 by Emanuel Swedenborg. You can see a sketch from his notebook in the Hackaday article from which I copied this quote.
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