05 March, 2012

Light Hovercraft in the Military

Light hovercraft such as the Neoteric Hovertrek are used by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol, particularly for search and rescue missions.

Because it safely hovers 9 inches above any terrain, a hovercraft keeps military personnel above the danger – not in it – and gives them access to areas that helicopters, boats and other vehicles can’t reach.

 Neoteric trained military hovercraft pilots from the U.S. Air Force Utah Test and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base. Among the trainees is Capt. Cory Lingelbach (left), who used one of the base's Neoteric craft to rescue a downed F-16 pilot who crashed in 2006 on the Great Salt Lake mudflats, where no other rescue vehicle could travel.
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