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Futuristic Fliers for the Army (1958)

Who needs an army of robotic killing machines when you've got planes that look so darn intimidating and futuristic? According to this blurb in the March 29, 1958 Miami News, scaring the enemy to death was a possibility with a platton of these "fantastic fliers."

PHILADELPHIA, March 29 -- If the U.S. Army of the future can't beat an enemy, it may scare it to death with a platoon of flying machines like these. This is an artist's conception of air-ground vehicle designs submitted to the Army by various aircraft firms. The goal is to provide the Army with a utility vehicle that will give troops more mobility. These machines are supposed to rise vertically, hover at three feet or zip over mountains at 150 mph. They also are designed to fire rockets, duck behind hills, fly down an alley, hide amid trees and turn in their own length without touching the ground.

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Is that a Parrot AR drone there in the lower left? Maybe they weren't all that far off the mark. Of course, they were caught up in the helicopter and hovercraft fad, but you can't expect point by point predictions.

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaleberg

Well, isn't this exactly what Urban Aeronautics is working on now?

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKredyciarz

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