Model of the cancelled memorial
Following the decision to abandon the Memorial Project, due to promised funds by larger donors not materialising, the Committee agreed that the money raised from Robin Paine's 2010 video, 'Hoverlloyd & The Hovercraft -1966-1981', intended for the Memorial Project, should instead be put towards the cost of production of Robin and Roger Syms' book, which, effectively, has now become the memorial to Hoverlloyd.
Reunion Funds
More than 200 senior naval officers, journalists, writers, authors, celebrities and business figures including First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC, attended The Maritime Foundation's 2012 Media and Maritime Literature Awards. ( on 14th November, held at the Institute of Directors in London where Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, presented the Awards.

The Maritime Media Awards provide recognition and encouragement to journalists, writers and television programme makers, who during the past year have made the best contribution to promoting maritime awareness in the public domain. In total 10 journalists, 33 books and 28 television documentaries were nominated for awards.

Although On a Cushion of Air was not one of the recipients of a literary award, the 700 page book was nevertheless shortlisted to the last 12 from the 33 nominees.

Robin Paine commented, "The competition was huge with Professor Callum Roberts walking off with the Armada Plate for his book on 'Ocean Life - How Our Seas Are Changing', and equally learned authors of erudite publications claiming the five Certificates of Merit. The Chairman said we were just pipped to the post for the last Certificate. Whether he was being kind or not, I don't know, but he did point out that the standard was amazingly high this year and the shortlist was an accolade in itself. What I do know, however, is that there are not too many professors or erudite people who drive hovercraft and write books, so I am of the view that we were jolly lucky to get as far as we did!"

On a Cushion of Air, with the foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, is the definitive story of the hovercraft starting with Cockerell's discovery in 1953 to the end of the last SR.N4 cross-Channel service on 1st October 2000. (See

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The Maritime Literary Awards shortlists 'On a Cushion of Air'
'Popular Science' article
Popular Science magazine, which has a worldwide readership of several millions, recently discussed the future possibilities of large passenger carrying hovercraft along with interesting comments about Robin and Roger's book 'On a Cushion of Air'.
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Update - September 2015
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