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Cushioncraft Ltd.

REF NR: 338

The first hovercraft built in 1960 by Britten-Norman Ltd (manufacturer of aircraft) was known as just the 'Cushioncraft'. Later it was designated the CC1. Originally based at Bembridge Airport on the Isle of Wight, Cushioncraft later moved to the Duver Works at St. Helen's. These works gave ready access to the sheltered water of Bembridge Harbour.


The second Cushioncraft, the CC2 first flew in September 1961. At the time, it was publicised that 10 craft would be built by Cushioncraft Ltd, a planned joint company between Britten-Norman and the Cowes shipbuilders J. Samuel White.


In actuality, only 3 craft were built by Britten-Norman. The Bitten-Norman Hovercraft Division was eventually renamed Cushioncraft Ltd in 1967. In 1971, Britten-Norman encountered financial problems, and one result was that the Cushioncraft company was sold in 1972 to the British Hovercraft Corporation.


Craft:  Cushioncarft1, CC2 ,CC3 (?), CC4, CC5, CC6, CC7