The SRN1 being manufactured

The SRN1 being manufactured

The SRN1 being manufactured - The shell of the SRN1 during construction. The engine mount and main intake is clearly visible as is the inner shell of the plenum chamber. The top criss-cross of beams is the start of the outer layer of the plenum which, when reaching the edges of the craft, deflected the air downwards creating the famous air cushion effect by Momentum Curtain (Peter Insole).

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The shell of the SRN1 during construction. The engine mount and main intake is clearly visible as is the inner shell of the plenum chamber. The top criss-cross of beams is the start of the outer layer of the plenum which, when reaching the edges of the craft, deflected the air downwards creating the famous air cushion effect by Momentum Curtain (Peter Insole).

  • The SRN1 being manufactured - Here is shown a later stage in the SRN1's build, including the cockpit (right), engine, and support for the propeller. Also can be seen one of the two air ducts (lower middle) used to bleed air from the main lift fan to provide thrust in the form of two directional air jets (Peter Insole).
  • The SRN1 being manufactured - The shell of the SRN1 during construction. The engine mount and main intake is clearly visible as is the inner shell of the plenum chamber. The top criss-cross of beams is the start of the outer layer of the plenum which, when reaching the edges of the craft, deflected the air downwards creating the famous air cushion effect by Momentum Curtain (Peter Insole).
  • The SRN1 being manufactured - The first flight of the SRN1 on the concrete slipway at East Cowes. The astonished crowd of photographers and journalists would have seen nearly a foot of air beneath the craft during its hover. Note the ground wheels attached to the four corners of the craft (Peter Insole).