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Looking for an offbeat mode of transport?

Looking for an offbeat mode of transport??
Channel Three's Kathryn Daniel takes us for a ride on a Hovercraft.

Doug Fransico says he's a mechanic first and a pilot second.  He's needed both skill sets as he restored the "Scat 2 Hovercraft".

"I  bought it for two hundred dollars so it was a project.  The engine was frozen, it had been wrecked, the bottom had been ripped out of it and it might not have been worth two hundred dollars when I bought it."

Fransico says he put about three hundreds bucks into the "Red Baron" which is can travel over land, water, mud or ice.

"They call it flying, flying six to eight inches off the ground in the air.  Lifts up and flies on a cushion of air."

Student pilot James Craben says he wouldn't mind a having such a contraption hovering in his garage.
"Pretty spiffy little toy, step up from a golf cart that's for sure."

"Supposed to do about fifty five miles per hour.  I've never had it going that fast but it's a quick machine."
   
Small Hovercrafts like these are used mostly in rescues,  delivering mail to remote island areas.  Some folks race them.

Fransico says the Red Baron only comes out for fly ins or air shows and it's not for sale.

"I like the fact it's a conversation piece more than I want to sell it."