The Association of Search and Rescue Hovercraft (Gosport Branch) formed in 2005 as a seperate entity from the then ASRH, and is run by a small group of volunteers who have come together and raised enough money to buy a rescue hovercraft, saving lives of people when boats can't get to them, for example people stranded on mud flats. The craft can also be used inland during flooding, where the water is too shallow for boats to operate. ASRH craft helped during the flooding at Wraysbury in 2003. ASRH(GB) is currently based at the Hovercraft Museum, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire.
Any donations are always welcome and are very helpful to the ASRH(GB) cause. If you are interested in donating, please Contact the ASRH(GB).
Performance specifications for the Osprey 5 hovercraft
Source: Hiseman, 2009; ASRH(GB), 2009
|Max. speed (m)||-|
|Max. crew (no. people)||4|
|Powerplant||1.8l, 16v Vauxhall Vectra (car) engine|
|Propeller duct diameter (m)||1.2|
The following images are from the ASRH(GB)'s website gallery, with permission from webmaster Rob Hiseman.
An ASRH-GB training day on the grass in daedalus, Lee-on-Solent, Hamphire, UK
A performance check after a recent engine change to increase the craft's performance
ASRH-GB's stall at the veterans day show at Southsea Common
The craft being walked out of arena so as not to blow people over
Dusty testing at HMS Daedalus
Pilot Dave Beard, a hoverheight test
Giving a demonstration at HMS Sultan summer show
Volunteers at a flood reponse call in Wraysbury
Craft coming into shore, ready to go up the slipway down at hardway, Gosport, Hampshire, UK
Page updated Saturday, September 13, 2014