William R. Bertelsen
|William R. Bertelsen|
Bertelsen on the cover of Popular Science magazine, July 1959
May 20, 1920|
Moline, Illinois, US
July 16, 2009 (aged 89)|
Rock Island, Illinois, US
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. In 2002, he was named the "Father of the Air Cushion Vehicle" by The World Hovercraft Federation.
In the media
- In July 1959, he was featured on the cover of Popular Science magazine.
- in 1996, his inventions were featured in Extreme Machines series on The Discovery Channel.
- 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.
- "Swansea Symposium", Flight International Air Cushion Vehicle Supplement, 27 August 1964
- The Making and Unmaking of the American Hovercraft (Popular Science 2008)
- PM Editor Rides the Air Cars (Popular Mechanics 1960)
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