Gallery: Hydro Lance Recycles Jets into High-Speed Planeboats


Here at Inhabitat we’ve seen our fair share of airplanes repurposed into incredible new forms, but this heavy-duty recycling plan takes the cake. A company called Hydro Lance proposes to transform old, obsolete aircraft into high-speed ocean vessels by replacing their wings with narrow pontoons. An old 727-200 could be converted into a high-speed, ultra-stable passenger ferry capable of traveling at a speed of more than 120 knots (nearly 140 mph).

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  2. nancy May 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

    it seems an interesting idea but cant say how it is going to work out

  3. luminairex May 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    If the aim is to traverse a body of water, why would you convert an airplane that flies over it into something that has to travel through it? Seems like if it’s powered using the same jet engine, it would travel through water a lot less efficiently.

  4. alexjameslowe May 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

    This is a fantastic idea! It almost seems like something a clever 10-year old would come up with.

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