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Hovertravel May, 03 2019

Mayor’s Charter from Gosport

Hovertravel recently operated a charter for the Worshipful the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Diane Furlong, from the slipway opposite the Hovercraft Museum at Lee-On-Solent. Guests came from across Hampshire to enjoy the unique experience of a private hovercraft charter.

Hovertravel’s regular excursions to Lee-On-Solent have recently made hovercraft a more regular sight for Gosport residents, harking back to the very early days of the company when a seasonal service operated from Stokes Bay to the Isle of Wight.

After arriving on a vintage bus, the Mayor’s guests were welcomed onboard Island Flyer with a short introduction from Hovertravel’s managing director Neil Chapman and a briefing from the pilot, Captain Jock on what to expect during the trip. The hovercraft then departed to demonstrate its manoeuvrability with some 360-degree spins and high-speed turns followed by a deflation and reflation of its skirt, all accompanied by expert commentary from the cockpit.

On the return to Lee-on-Solent, the passengers disembarked and walked across the road to The Hovercraft Museum where they had some refreshments whilst learning about the history of these British invented amphibious vehicles.