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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1996 | JOHN COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was only 26 miles off the coast of Long Beach, on the familiar shores of Santa Catalina Island, but for Fire Battalion Chief Gordon Pearson, "It was kind of like MacArthur landing in the Philippines." Except in this case, the assault was for peaceful purposes.
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August 21, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Forget the flying car. In the future of our dreams, we want to be gliding around Jedi-style on hover bikes like the one currently in development by Aerofex, an aerospace company in Manhattan Beach. Aerofex recently posted new video of its hovercraft gliding inches over a crackly brown desert. The hovering action is provided by two ducted rotors on the underside of the vehicle that spin in opposite directions. A pilot controls the hover bike by leaning to the left and right, in much the same way a rider controls a bicycle.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1994 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The noise was deafening, the dust clouds immense. It could have been Somalia or the Persian Gulf, but it was here, mere feet from a rocky cliff, with the waters of the Pacific lapping in the distance. * On Tuesday, Navy Capt. Hank Howe labeled it "Hovercraft Central." This was no ordinary exercise, Howe said. These 20 Hovercraft, or LCAC (Landing Craft, Air Cushion) were the largest number to fly in formation at one time anywhere in the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2006 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Ignited by lightning, as many as four fires blazed Saturday night on Santa Catalina Island, threatening 10 buildings, Los Angeles County fire officials said. At least 20 fire engines and more than 100 firefighters were being taken to the island overnight on military hovercraft. Sixty to 70 acres had burned shortly before 10 p.m., said Cheryl Sims, supervising dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1996 | JOHN COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was only 26 miles off the coast of Long Beach, on the familiar shores of Santa Catalina Island, but for Fire Battalion Chief Gordon Pearson, "It was kind of like MacArthur landing in the Philippines." Except in this case, the assault was for peaceful purposes.
NEWS
December 7, 1994 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Navy Capt. Hank Howe labeled it "Hovercraft central." This was no ordinary exercise. The noise was deafening, the dust clouds immense. These 20 Hovercraft, or LCAC (landing craft, air cushion) were the largest number to fly in formation at one time anywhere in the world. Tuesday's maneuvers were practice, Howe said, but "important practice" for any future military crises similar to those in Somalia and the Persian Gulf.
NEWS
February 9, 1991
The Landing Craft Air Cushion is one of the Navy's newest additions to its amphibious fleet. The LCAC hovercraft, which glides on a cushion of air, is able to operate on both water and land surfaces. It is designed to take 25 troops or 70 tons of equipment from an offshore-docking ship onto the beach. According to the Marine Corps, the craft can land on 70% of the world's coastlines compared to about 15% for conventional landing vessels.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Forget the flying car. In the future of our dreams, we want to be gliding around Jedi-style on hover bikes like the one currently in development by Aerofex, an aerospace company in Manhattan Beach. Aerofex recently posted new video of its hovercraft gliding inches over a crackly brown desert. The hovering action is provided by two ducted rotors on the underside of the vehicle that spin in opposite directions. A pilot controls the hover bike by leaning to the left and right, in much the same way a rider controls a bicycle.
NEWS
June 4, 1999 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christopher Cockerell, a British engineer who turned a couple of tin cans rigged to a vacuum cleaner into the Hovercraft, one of the century's more eccentric modes of transportation, has died. Cockerell, whose death Tuesday at his Southhampton home coincided with the 40th anniversary of his invention's first launch, was 88. Nicknamed the British Flying Saucer because it resembled a giant saucepan lid, the Hovercraft moves across land or water on a cushion of air.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 1998 | NATALIE NICHOLS
The Troubadour seemed in danger of vibrating off its foundation and slipping into the ether on Saturday, as Seattle trio Hovercraft set a course for inner space with its trancelike, chaos-flecked sounds and visuals. Forget about hooks; Hovercraft didn't even have songs, at least not in the traditional sense. Its current album, "Experiment Below," lists titles, but Saturday's 40-minute instrumental set featured one continuous wave of sound.
NEWS
June 4, 1999 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christopher Cockerell, a British engineer who turned a couple of tin cans rigged to a vacuum cleaner into the Hovercraft, one of the century's more eccentric modes of transportation, has died. Cockerell, whose death Tuesday at his Southhampton home coincided with the 40th anniversary of his invention's first launch, was 88. Nicknamed the British Flying Saucer because it resembled a giant saucepan lid, the Hovercraft moves across land or water on a cushion of air.
NEWS
March 13, 1999 | SARAH YANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One day before an urban warfare exercise in Monterey, the Navy and Marines canceled plans Friday to land hundreds of soldiers on the beach and will instead drop them off by helicopter at the city airport. The decision came after the state Coastal Commission concluded Thursday that the Urban Warrior operation could disturb federally protected wildlife in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. "I'm very disappointed, and I think the people of Monterey are too," said Lt. Col.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 1998 | NATALIE NICHOLS
The Troubadour seemed in danger of vibrating off its foundation and slipping into the ether on Saturday, as Seattle trio Hovercraft set a course for inner space with its trancelike, chaos-flecked sounds and visuals. Forget about hooks; Hovercraft didn't even have songs, at least not in the traditional sense. Its current album, "Experiment Below," lists titles, but Saturday's 40-minute instrumental set featured one continuous wave of sound.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1996 | JOHN COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was only 26 miles off the coast of Long Beach, on the familiar shores of Santa Catalina Island, but for Fire Battalion Chief Gordon Pearson, "It was kind of like MacArthur landing in the Philippines." Except in this case, the assault was for peaceful purposes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1996 | JOHN COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was only 26 miles off the coast of Long Beach, on the familiar shores of Santa Catalina Island, but for Fire Battalion Chief Gordon Pearson, "It was kind of like MacArthur landing in the Philippines." Except in this case, the assault was for peaceful purposes.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1995 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A sluice of Seattle came to Southern California on Thursday night as three of the grunge capital's up-and-coming alterna-mongers held court for a sparse but properly uniformed assemblage of resolutely arty-looking fans at the Coach House. First up was Hovercraft, featuring Sadie T, a.k.a. Beth Liebling, a.k.a Eddie Vedder's wife, on bass, Campbell 200 on guitar and Karl on drums.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1990 | LAURA MICHAELIS
Fire officials in Newport Beach have spent several years looking for a better way to rescue people and animals that become mired in the mud flats of upper Newport Bay. This year, they may have a solution. Every year, people wander into the bay and get stuck in the thick mud of the bay floor, Fire Chief James Reed said.
NEWS
March 31, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
A huge Hovercraft carrying nearly 400 people crashed into a pier while trying to dock in rough seas Saturday at this southern port and police said one person was killed, three were missing and 32 were injured. A flotilla of small craft surrounded the stricken vessel, the Princess Margaret, and plucked dozens of survivors from the sea, while others were removed from the Hovercraft in lifeboats.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN
In the hero-obsessed world of modern rock, the idea of such figures as Eddie Vedder and Nirvana survivor Krist Novoselic being able to mingle virtually unmolested among young fans borders on "X-Files"-level surreal. That, though, was the scene Monday at the Cal State Long Beach Student Union, where Novoselic's new band Sweet 75 and Hovercraft (which includes Vedder's wife, Beth Liebling) opened a concert headlined by fellow Seattle ensemble Sky Cries Mary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1994 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The noise was deafening, the dust clouds immense. It could have been Somalia or the Persian Gulf, but it was here, mere feet from a rocky cliff, with the waters of the Pacific lapping in the distance. * On Tuesday, Navy Capt. Hank Howe labeled it "Hovercraft Central." This was no ordinary exercise, Howe said. These 20 Hovercraft, or LCAC (Landing Craft, Air Cushion) were the largest number to fly in formation at one time anywhere in the world.
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