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SR-N1 hovercraft

The site is also packed with a number of "world firsts" including the first full-sized hovercraft – the SR-N1.

Built in 1959 and used for four years as a test vehicle, it showed that the hovercraft concept was practical.

Innovations like this will be housed in a subterranean cavern at the new site. As well as acting as a showcase for artefacts, it will also help preserve them.

“We will finally have an environmentally stable storage facility for our collections,” said Miss Leskard.

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