M73 Hovercraft

For archive : Updated on January 24, 2019

Dear Saya U Kyaw Sein and U Hla Min,

With respect, regarding the Hovercraft built by mechanical RIT students, I would like to supplement a piece of information on Hovercraft of RIT.

I am a RIT graduate of 1973 Mechanical. I am not aware of any information about the thesis or papers existed before 1973, related to the Hovercraft. This Hovercraft physical-model, based on a lawn mower, was built by a team led by Saya U Tu Myint (Singapore Polytechnic) and a group of 1973 final-year Mechanical students. They include

  • Ko Hla Win (Mechanical One)
  • Ko Khin Maung Cho (Lu Ye Chun)
  • Don D Silver,
  • Saxon Sein

They were among the top students of our class. The Hovercraft was successfully tested in the lake located near the Insein Locomotive yards. Ko Hla Win is now working in Singapore. On those days, many people wished to have a test drive of this craft.

While training hard in Inya Lake – Rangoon University Boat Club, (where we were dreaming under the scorching sun of becoming RUBC golds) sometimes we missed the classes. Ko Hla Win often kindly shared us his lecture-notes, learning, knowledge, and also, of course, his neatly completed solved home works. Our group, senior members of RIT Rowing Club of 1972-73, owe Ko Hla Win and his Hovercraft-group a lot for their precious kindness and help, which also contributed to our successful graduation from RIT.

In Saya U Kyaw Sein’s Facebook RIT photos . . one posted by Ko Thura Thant Zin of Los Angeles (thanks). . . 1972-73 RIT Rowing Club group photo, one can see our group (none of us were physically big-tall Goliath). Now, two of our friends have prematurely-permanently left this world. I wish they should have waited to witness the revival of our Mother RIT and Mother country.

[Dr.] Myint Thein (M73)

Editor’s Notes:

  • Maung Sein Win (Padeegone) mentioned about how the higher authorities tried to censor news and articles about the Hovercraft project.
  • Saya U Tu Myint (M) has retired from Singapore Polytechnic.
  • Saya U Moe Aung (EE) arranged to have some media interview with the Hovercraft team.
  • Ko Khin Maung Cho is a Union Minister.

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