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The Fastest Ship in the US Navy: Boeing Pegasus-Class Hydrofoils (720p)


This video depicts some of the Boeing-built hydrofoils named after Tucumcari, New Mexico, it was the basis for the technology used in the subsequent Pegasus-class patrol boats and the Jetfoil ferries. Its unique feature was a waterjet propulsion and a computer-controlled fully submerged foil configuration of one foil at the bow and foils on the port and starboard sides. The Tucumcari was one of two prototype boats contracted by the Navy for the purpose of evaluating the latest hydrofoil technology with a top speed of 50 knots. The second boat was the rival Grumman built USS Flagstaff (PGH-1).

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