Jay Leno has some amazing cars in his collection, but most of them are useless when you take them off the road and plop them in water. The same can't be said, however, about the U.S. Navy's $41-million crown jewel of sea-to-shore hovercrafts, which Leno gets the opportunity to test pilot off the coast of Southern California at Camp Pendleton on "Jay Leno's Garage."
The Navy allows him to steer briefly in open water, though he surrenders the controls to more trained personnel when it comes to docking the vehicle.
At 20,000 horsepower shared across four engines, a total weight of 108 tons and a top speed of 80 miles per hour on water, Leno says that the Navy's Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC), is unlike anything he has steered before.
"I've driven monster trucks, firetrucks — even tanks," he says. " But that's child's play compared to trying to pilot this incredible machine."