Bell's HD4 hovercraft

While visiting in Italy Bell and Baldwin met with Enrico Forlanini, the man who had invented the hydrofoil. For many years Bell had been interested in designing a watercraft, and his meeting with Forlanini made him want to go home and build one of his own.

That's what they did. They built a hydrofoil and named it HD for "hydrodome". The first one glided across the water at 30 mph, then later they developed one that would go 50 mph and finally by the time they got to HD4 they were going 70.86 mph! It was the fastest hydrofoil in the world, and that record would stand for ten years.

Bell became very ill and passed away on August 2, 1922. He was seventy-five years old.

Work a Jigsaw Puzzle

Alexander Melville
Bell and family

Bell's school
for the deaf

Bell and Mr. Watson

A.G.Bell 1876

The Bell Family

Bell speaking
on a telephone

The Bell estate

Bell's granddaughters

circular kite

tetrahedral kite

Bell's notes

Aerial Experiment

The Silver Dart

Front View
Silver Dart


Bell and sheep

Bell and Elsie
May Bell Grosvenor

Bell's HD4

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Biography of Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada

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