Travel: Hovering Ahead

The Hovercraft is becoming less of a novelty and more of a serious mode of transportation. A vehicle that skims on a cushion of air over land, ice or water, the Hovercraft carried 370,000 passengers on brief trips along the St. Lawrence River during Expo 67 and proved to be one of the fair's most popular attractions. Now it is being used for such diverse purposes as ferrying passengers between British coastal resort towns and hunting down Viet Cong in the swamps of the Mekong Delta.

Last week the so-called air-cushion vehicle (ACV) got its biggest commercial test when a...

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