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Early days


About 1450

Leonardo da Vinci observed the birds and designed aircrafts including the first flying boat.


C. Wieselsberger published in the "magazine for aviation and aeronautics" for the first time findings about the glide ratio for the ground effect.


Dornier DO X - the world largest aircraft using the ground effect.


Rostislav Evgeneevitsch Alekseev (Sowjetunion) developed the Ekranoplan - named as the monster of the Baikalsea.

1963 - 1971

Prof. Dr. Alexander Lippisch developed the X-112. For the first time ther is a wing profile that achieves the necessary flight stability when using the ground effect. X113 and X114 followed.


Development of a prototype two-seater. The research in the field of hover technology was funded by the German Government. With about 7 million in funding.


The Hoverwing 2 VT was developed by Hanno Fischer. The prototype 2VT get over 3000 kilometers and demonstrated the suitability of the concept supported by a variety of measurements.


Under supervision of “Germanischer Lloyd” a ground-effect vehicle were classified.


Founding of the maritime private equity club through four private family offices for developing wing-in-ground-effect vehicles.


Renamed in HIGHSHIP INDUSTRIES Ltd a private company with an paid share capital of British Sterling 6,600,000.


Inauguration of the first training simulator for ground effect vehicles through an Consortium.