Jumping Jeep and other inventions that never got made
Engineering company BAE Systems has released pictures of weird and wonderful inventions from the 1960s that were never made.
Engineering company BAE Systems has released pictures of ideas and inventions from the 1960s that were never made. This is the 'Jumping Jeep’, a 4x4 that would be able to leap over obstacles using 12 fans attached to the vehicle.
This might look like a regular plane but the Intercity Vertical-Lift Aircraft was designed to be able to take off and land vertically to allow airports to be built in cities.
MUSTARD, which stands for Multi-Unit Space Transport And Recovery Device, would have been the world’s first reusable space plane. Made up of three separate parts, each with their own crew, it would be launched into space as one aircraft.
Two of the parts would act as boosters to launch the third into space. Then once they had successfully launched, the two booster parts would return to earth, followed by the third, once its mission was complete.
This Fighter Jet Take-Off Platform design would rise vertically from the ground, meaning it could take off from its own back.
The Jeep could jump in any direction using the fans attached to the vehicle, which can be adjusted to any angle.
The plane was also designed to offer more direct travel for passengers and cut down on the amount of space needed for airport runways.
It would also mean planes could operate from small airstrips or narrow forest clearings.