Is This Giant Soviet Era Hovercraft China's New Access Weapon Of Choice?

Whether it be the massive Typhoon Class ballistic submarines, or the menacing Kirov Class Battle Cruisers, the USSR of the 1980s tended to prefer their military hardware massive. When it comes to hovercraft, the Zubr Class landing craft air cushion (LCAC) is no different, and it is now being reborn as China's ultimate… » 7/27/14 4:36pm 7/27/14 4:36pm

They Used To Use Hovercraft To Slide Across The Antarctic Desert

Antarctica can be a punishing, lonely place. Humanity has never let either of those notions stop them from exploring our punishing, lonely planet, though. And when we go exploring, we prefer to do it at great speed. That's what made hovercraft the ideal vehicle for the icy Southern wastes. » 11/02/13 10:10am 11/02/13 10:10am

Man Builds Drivable Replica Of Luke Skywalker's X-34 Landspeeder

Yes, that's a real landspeeder, just like Luke Skywalker's X-34 in Star Wars » 8/29/08 7:00pm 8/29/08 7:00pm. No computer-generated Hollywood movie magic here. Well, except that it doesn't exactly hover. The fiberglass body is mounted on a custom aluminum electric car chassis. With a top speed of only about 25 MPH, it's going to take awhile to get…

Build Your Own Subaru Powered Ekranoplan and Save

Where's Troy McClure when you need him? When we were wee, we were obsessed with the plans for a DIY hovercraft in the back of Boys' Life and Popular Mechanics. Remember those? They could "carry up to 200 lbs." and you could build it out of a vacuum cleaner. We finally broke down and ordered. Long story short, the… » 12/10/07 3:45pm 12/10/07 3:45pm

Towing Company Owner Scores Cop Hovercraft At Auction

Eddie Zymblosky of Boots & Hanks Towing (this story is worth reading for the names alone) will be skimming home in an ex-cop hovercraft for the bargain price of $11,700, about 18 grand less than the city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, paid for it five years ago. Wilkes-Barre fire officials had referred to the… » 2/27/07 11:57am 2/27/07 11:57am

Dorktastic to the Max: Shoverboard!

Oh cripes, this looks like absolutely too much fun. It's a leaf-blower-powered DIY hovercraft, complete with its own game, from the friendly nerd-craftsmen/insane geniuses at MAKE. Hrm...wonder what one of these would be like on Lombard Street... Jalopnik Streets of San Francisco DIY Hovercraft Tourist Trophy, anyone?… » 12/27/06 1:45pm 12/27/06 1:45pm