Initially developed, trialled and manufactured from 1963 by Westland in parallel to the SRN6, the SRN5 is a smaller, less powerful version of the single-engine version of its sister model, and is virtually identical in design (Barton, 2006), the only notable difference being, on some craft, due to their smaller length, a lack of the sideways directional control "puff ports" that you can see on the SRN6.
See SRN6 for more information.
Performance specifications for SRN5 hovercraft
Source: Hovercraft Museum, 2007; Barton, 2006
|Cruise speed (kts)||33|
|Max speed (kts)||40|
|Main Engine||Rolls Royce Gnome Turboshaft|
|Main Engine Power (kW)||671|
|Passenger capacity [crew]||18 |
Photos from E. Dunn by Helen Mabel Smith.
SRN5 at Ryde, 1964 (click to enlarge).
Photos from J Lawrence [other galleries]
Page updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2012