This is the $190,000 Flying Hovercraft from retailer-to-the-rich Hammacher Schlemmer. It hovers on both land and water, but can also fly for short distances at an altitude of 20-feet at speeds up to 70MPH. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Certain death?" YES. Let's go halvsies.
Operating in fresh- or saltwater and up to 30% inclines over sand, mud, grass, swamp, desert, ice, and snow, its wings and horizontal elevator enable pilots to simply hop over water- or land-based obstacles up to 20'-high unsurmountable to a typical hovercraft. A joystick controls three vertical rudders and the elevator, a twist friction-lock throttle controls forward speed, and a variable drive system controls the lift fan for hovering. Braking is provided by lowering the lift fan's rpms; comes to rest on Kevlar composite landing skids. Its low center of gravity and composite fiberglass/PVC hull enable it to operate in winds up to 25 mph and waves up to 6' when in flight. Two nine-gallon gasoline tanks provide a 160-mile range. Supports pilot/passenger payloads up to 600 lbs. for flight.
Not gonna lie, I really do want one. But not in that tacky school bus yellow, I want mine to be matte black like one of Batman's rides. Then we can install some machine guns and other gizmos on it and pretend we're crimefighters. The only catch: we're not gonna be. We're gonna use it to rob the ice cream boat.
Hit the jump for some closeups.
Thanks to Tomby, who's holding out for a model that's also a submarine. F*** yeah, let's go harpoon some mermen!