BAE Systems "Jumping Jeep" Concept from 1960s Animated
Reconnaissance Concept Used 12 Fans To "Jump" Over Obstacles
For buffs of defense machinery and history, it's always exciting when projects get declassified, and we can see what was being worked on from decades past.
BAE Systems, one of the world's top defense contractors, recently featured some conceptual projects from the 1960s , during the height of the Cold War, and when space technologies and exploration were at their peak interest.
One of the concepts that caught our eye was the so-called "Jumping Jeep." The Jumping Jeep was a reconnaissance truck with 12 vertical lift fans, designed to produce enough thrust to help the vehicle clear barriers and obstacles. Ultimately, the project was canceled on concerns that it would be too expensive.
The company produced an animated clip on YouTube showing the conceptual potential of the project, with the fans producing enough thrust to make the truck airborne, if only briefly. If you were a fan of "Dukes of Hazzard" series in the early '80s, you'll be familiar with the idea. One of the comments on the video suggested the addition of "Dixie" horns. Whether the concept would have worked as well in the battlefield as it did in the minds of the engineers, we may never know. But it's sure cool to take a look at some of these farfetched mothballed concepts.
Source: BAE Systems