SRN-1 Hovercraft: Control Rubber-Grip

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SRN-1 Hovercraft: Control Rubber-Grip

Whilst I cannot claim unbroken service with one company over 50 years, between my late father, my brother-in-law and myself; we did span that period of time.
My father worked for Saunders-Roe during the time of The Princess Flying-Boat.
My 5-year apprenticeship was when the company had become The British Hovercraft Corporation.
My brother-in-law served his time under the company name of Westland-GKN.

In 1968, I was one of 10 apprentices who were assigned the task of refurbishing the world's first hovercraft, the SRN-1; which would end up on display at Lord Montague's Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
The craft had been sitting on a factory slipway for some considerable time, and consequently was in a sorry state; Some areas of alloy material having been reduced to the consistency of cigarette-ash!

Around 10 years later, my brother-in-law was asked to be part of larger team, who would once again re-furbish the SRN-1. The craft would then be cared for by The Science Museum.

Sadly, I believe that the SRN-1 is now stored away from London, and not
on display to the general public.

The Rubber Control-Grip is now flattened and knobbly from old age,
trying to return to its organic origins.

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