THE FLYING JEEP
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

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The Inventions Directorate of the Australian Defence Forces tested in conjunction with the RAAF and USAAF a Flying Jeep at Laverton in Victoria and Archerfield in Queensland during WWII. This was part of "Project Skywards". The concept was to use it for descent into narrow valleys in New Guinea and to dispense with the necessity for parachutes in supply dropping.

The Flying Jeep was also known as the "Fleep" or Rotaplane. The tests did not achieve a practical result for the "Flying Jeep.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Article "Wartime Inventions in Australia Helped in the Allied Victory" in "Worker" Brisbane, QLD Monday 12 August 1946

Hafner "Rotabuggy" 1943 (similar concept)

Rota-Plane photos in "Advocate", Burnie Tasmania 20 November 1945

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Jim Moffett for his assistance with this web page.

 

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