In December 1970, Bell Aerosystems unveiled a model of a new 160 ton air-cushion amphibious landing craft developed for the Naval Ships Systems Command. The craft is capable of 50 knt speeds with a 75 ton payload. The craft uses gas turbines for propulsion and lift, with extensive lightweight aluminum construction. U.S. Coast Guard is also working on a modified version for patrol and rescue operations. Modifications to the craft by Transportation Technology Incorporated are dual hydraulic control systems, permanent gravity feed fuel tanks, fuel ballast system and a 28 volt DC electric system. An extreme cold weather operational craft has also been developed for U.S. Coast Guard. The Dutch have developed a new craft which is small and highly maneuverable incorporating the innovation of a skirt composed of numerous sections which are easily replaceable. This version utilizes a Volkswagen engine for convenient serviceability.

  • Corporate Authors:

    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

    330 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY  United States  10036
  • Publication Date: 1971-1-4

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 15-16
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00015531
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 19 1973 12:00AM