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    The Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment in Manchester, UK began work in 1940 on attaching rotor blades to a jeep. Nicknamed the ‘Rotabuggy’, initial tests involved dropping the jeep from heights of a few meters while it was filled with concrete to demonstrate it could take the impact without damage.
    The jeep was then fitted with additional equipment including the rotor blades, a tail fairing with twin rudderless fins, a rotor control next to the steering wheel and glider navigational instruments. In 1943, the first test flight was conducted when the Rotabuggy was toed behind a Bentley and managed to glide at speeds of up to 65 mph.
    The initial flights had limited success as handling proved difficult but after some modifications, the flying qualities of the vehicle were officially described as “highly satisfactory”. However the project became deemed unnecessary with the development of Horsa II and Hamilcar which were gliders equipped to carry vehicles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by afjeep View Post
    The Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment in Manchester, UK began work in 1940
    That's cool!! But the Jeep (or 'jeep' back then) wasn't born until 1941.....how'd they start work in '40?


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    beats me. haha maybe they saw it coming so they started early.
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    Quote Originally Posted by afjeep View Post
    beats me. haha maybe they saw it coming so they started early.
    Works for me!! I believe the 'specs' (which were unreasonable, and changed later) were out in '40, so they would have had an idea of what was needed.


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    This link has a lot of photos and info about the RotaBuggy:
    http://www.hobbytalk.com/bbs1/showthread.php?t=291741

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    Ryan, thats awesome. thanks.
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    I will be looking on ebay and craigslist for one now!

    Talk about the best marketing ad ever for the Wrangler and militaryjeepers!

    "Fly in, wheel, fly home! Only in a Jeep!"

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