British Hovercraft Corporation AP1-88

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The British Hovercraft Corporation AP1-88 is a medium size hovercraft.

Hovertravel AP1-88 'Double-O-Seven' arriving at Southsea after crossing from the Isle of Wight

As a civil passenger hovercraft it can seat up to 101 passengers, they have been used on routes in Britain and from Sweden to Denmark. As a troop carrier it can transport up to 90 troops. As a military logistics vessel it can carry two Land Rovers, a Bv202 tracked vehicle and trailer unit or about 10 tons (10,000 kg) of stores.

Canada[edit]

It is used in two versions by the Canadian Coast Guard. In the mid 1990s two AP1-88s, the AP1-88/200 and AP1-88/400, were ordered from GKN Westland Aerospace; the contract being awarded in 1996. The craft were built at Hike Metal Products in Wheatley, Ontario. The two 400 series were completed in August and December 1998.

Specifications[edit]

Type 200
  • Designer / Manufacturer: Westland Aerospace
  • Crew 3
  • Dimensions
    • Length 24.5 metres
    • Width 11.2 metres
    • Height (on cushion)6.6 metres
    • full load displacement 47.6 tons
  • Propulsion
    • Motor: diesel engines
    • Power: 4 Deutz AG diesel engines 600 horsepower for lift and propulsion
    • Propellers: 2 three bladed variable pitch propeller
  • Performance
    • Speed 50 knots
    • Military Lift: 12 tons of equipment
  • Weapons
    • None
Type 400
  • Designer / Manufacturer: Westland Aerospace
  • Crew 4
  • Dimensions
    • Length 28.5 metres
    • Width 12 metres
    • Height (on cushion)12 metres
    • full load displacement 69 tons
  • Propulsion
    • Motor: diesel engines
    • Power: 4 Caterpillar Inc. 3412 TTA diesel engines 912 horsepower for lift and propulsion
    • Propellers: 2 three bladed variable pitch propeller
  • Performance
    • Speed 50 knots
    • Military Lift: 22.6 tons of equipment
  • Weapons
    • None

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