SR-N1 hovercraft, Calais, 24 July 1959.
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The Saunders Roe experimental hovercraft, the SR-N1, was taken to Calais today in an attempt to cros the channel. The attempt, however, had to be postponed due to bad weather conditions.' The SR- N1 was the first ever hovercraft, invented by Sir Christopher Cockerell (1910-1999).