Kid Driving The Homemade Hovercraft His Dad Built Him

May 31, 2017


This is a video of young Oliver driving the homemade hovercraft his research scientist father Paul built for him. Pretty sweet, right? Now I'm jealous I didn't have a hovercraft growing up. Or a Power Wheels Jeep. Or even a bicycle. I did have a nasty underbite though. My dad would always joke we didn't have the money for braces so my best bet was trying to get kicked by a mule at the petting zoo.

Keep going the video.

Thanks to Davey, who agrees Toys Я Us should have been selling these years ago.

  • adsffda

    my dad made one of these and he wasn't a research scientist. used an old shopvac. they're not that complicated to put together, although it did fall apart later that day and couldn't steer

  • Jenness

    Bitter Betty me says "Screw this kid and his awesome childhood"

    I'm so jealous.....wahhhhhhhhhhhh

    The only fun I had was figuring out the hard way that when you are told to "go pick a switch" to NOT pick the green ones but the old big dry ones to get beaten with.

  • da1nonlysage

    "This one's soft so it'll hurt less!" At least we have something fun to pass on to our kids too.

    The only other thing I have to pass on is my art book (it sucks)

  • Robin Paine

    For those interested in these fascinating machines, there is a 700 page book, with 450 pictures called 'On a Cushion of Air', (available through Amazon and Kindle), which tells the story of Christopher Cockerell's discovery that heavy weights could be supported on a cushion of low pressure air, and the development of the hovercraft by those who were there, from the very early days through to the heyday of the giant 165-ton SRN.4, which crossed the English Channel starting in 1968 carrying 30 cars and 254 passengers at speeds in excess of 75 knots on a calm day. It was subsequently widened to carry 36 cars and 280 passengers with an A.U.W. of 200 tonnes and was later lengthened to an A.U.W of 325 tons and capable of carrying 55 cars and 424 passengers. The amazing point was that from 165 tons to 325 tons only 400 extra hp on each engine was required, although a bit of speed was sacrificed, proving conclusively that Christopher Cockerell's theory was sound.

    There is also a 1 hour 20 minute DVD, ‘On a Cushion of Air’, based on the book available through Amazon Instant Video to rent or download.

    Sadly, for economic reasons, the SR.N4 service came to an end on 1st October 2000. In total 6 SR.4s were built and the two remaining ones are in the Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-Solent, England.

  • Deksam

    It could have a new life in the Canadian arctic and cart heavy supplies to and from the diamond mines there all year round, never worrying about break up like the ice truckers do.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.


    I hate him

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    And I thought I was cool for having a go kart :(

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