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1964 Test and Articles About Jeeps Sprouting Wings

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

In May of 1964 newspapers across the country shared the news of the Army testing out an idea where v-shaped flexible wings were attached to vehicles such as jeeps, allowing them to be pulled behind aircraft and flying to their destinations.

I tried to find photos of the jeeps with V-wings, but I had no luck. There is this example of the Army testing the v-wing concept they called a “Fleep”, which may use a similar flexible v-wing.

Ryan RV-8 Fleep Final Report 1964 US Army; Rogallo Wing Aircraft from Jeff Quitney on Vimeo.

This first article appeared in the May 10, 1964, issue of the Press Democrat out of Santa Rosa, California: 1964-05-10-press-democrat-santarosa-ca-jeeps-sprout-wings

This second article was published in the May 12, 1964, issue of the South Bend Tribune, out of South Bend, Indiana:

1964-05-12-south-bend-tribune-jeeps-sprout-wings

 

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