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Yes, The Army Has Had Flying Jeeps With Guns This Whole Time

Yes, The Army Has Had Flying Jeeps With Guns This Whole Time

The Piasecki Airgeep is a flying Jeep with guns that has been around since the ‘50s

It’s a car, it’s a plane, it’s a flying Jeep with guns? Yep, the United States Army has been holding out on us civilian folk who have been looking for the only Jeep better than this year’s Grand Cherokee and nearly as cool as Aston Martin’s Voltane Vision Concept. According to Aviastar, the 1958 Piasecki 59 / VZ-8P "Airgeep" was a machine that was smaller than a helicopter and easier to control. Believe it or not, the Piasecki aircraft was actually not the first of its kind but it was the first to actually take flight – a feat which didn’t occur until 1959.

 Photo courtesy of Ralph Morse (AP)

Photo courtesy of Ralph Morse (AP)

The two engines on the vehicle helped power three-bladed ducted rotors which was essentially a failsafe in case one of the engines failed mid-flight. Controlling the aircraft was said to be similar to that of flying a helicopter and probably not too different than controlling Kitty-Hawk’s Flyer. After a few revisions to the original design, the Airgeep was eventually equipped with five seats (two of which could easily be ejected), a flotation device in case of waterfront landings, and was capable of flying several thousand feet up in the air.

To be honest, this thing sounds like it would have been one hell of a craft to fly. Let us know what you think about the Piasecki Airgeep in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more flying car news and other entertaining reads.

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