Hydro Lance turns Retired Jet Planes into Hydrofoils
Instead of putting old airlines out to pasture to slowly rot, Hydro Lance has proposed a simple way to turn them into hydrofoils, by removing the wings and attaching them to pontoons. The idea is to adapt the jet engines to blast the vessel across the water at twice the speed of regular passenger ferries.
A decommissioned jet costs around $1 million and the conversion process to add the pontoons and steering mechanisms will add $3 million to the price tag. To recoup their investment, Hydro Lance says they will leave the cargo and passenger areas intact and transport both on ferries that can reach a top speed of 161 mph and promise a 'glass smooth ride.'
The plan is to attach retired Boeing 727s to HARTH float pontoons that are made by Hydro Lance. No mention has been made of how to protect the jets from the effects of salt water, but the simple idea does have promise. Such a fleet would have been invaluable during the recent transportation crisis caused by the eruption of the volcano in Iceland.