William R. Bertelsen

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William R. Bertelsen
Bertelsen on the cover of Popular Science magazine, July 1959
Born (1920-05-20)May 20, 1920
Moline, Illinois, US
Died July 16, 2009(2009-07-16) (aged 89)
Rock Island, Illinois, US
Alma mater

William R. Bertelsen (May 20, 1920 – July 16, 2009) was an American inventor who pioneered in the field of air-cushion vehicles (hovercrafts), and inventor of the Aeromobile, which is credited as the first hovercraft to carry a human over land and water.[1] In 2002, he was named the "Father of the Air Cushion Vehicle" by The World Hovercraft Federation.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Levi, Erskine L. Jr (November 30, 2006). "William Bertelsen (1920 -)". In Benjamin F. Shearer. Home Front Heroes: A Biographical Dictionary of Americans During Wartime. Greenwood. ISBN 978-0313334214.

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