William R. Bertelsen

William R. Bertelsen was InventorDoc and PioneerDoc


William R. Bertelsen (May 20, 1920 – July 16, 2009) was an American inventor who pioneered in the field of air-cushion vehicles (hovercrafts), and inventor of the Aeromobile, which is credited as the first hovercraft to carry a human over land and water.[1] In 2002, He was named the “Father of the Air Cushion Vehicle” by The World Hovercraft Federation.[1]

In fact Dr. Bertelsen has been the first person flying air cushion vehicles as a person over ground and over water even before the british colleagues did so. It was a great pleasure for me to have a telephone call to this extraordinary and humble man. With his 86 years his voice and his ideas sound a lot younger than you ever would expect! And it started from his motive to be able to reach his patients in the countryside faster under any difficult conditions of weather and over different grounds…….. He had STILL been working as a medical doctor in the Trinity hospital at his town at age 86!


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