That top picture is not a Rotabuggy, but an Antipodean Fleep. It was the proof of concept for an operation by the RAAF, Project Skywards, March, 1943.
Charles E. Mac Kay, e-mail, 29.10.2011 02:23
The heading photograph is correct. The other two are of the Australian Flying Jeep.The flying jeep flew 7 times. On one flight is crashed nearly killing the pilot. On its final flight when it landed the pilot vacated the cockpit and collapsed on the ground. The rotor was used in the post war Bristol Sycamore. For towing it used a Bentley motor car or an Armstrong whitworth Whitley. The combination of the tank was projected only and was replaced by the Hamilcar glider.
BenM, e-mail, 13.03.2011 10:39
Interesting! ...but surely the last diagram is in error? It is (I think) how the replica at Middle Wallop is built, but the angle at which the fins are set would result in monumental instability in yaw. Seems as though flying HumVees are in development in the US; not a vehicle in which I would want to fly!
Rob, e-mail, 06.01.2011 02:58
I have factory drawings for the head design and the airfoil data for the 42ft rotor used on the Jeep. Hafner stayed with the off set delta hinge as well as developing some unique lead lag buffers. A beautiful piece of work.Copies are available.
cluck, e-mail, 12.05.2010 09:58
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jim parrott, e-mail, 09.02.2010 03:24
The second and third photos appear to be of a different vehicle entirely. Could this be the Australian version? What is the provenance of these 2 photos?
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I have a copy of the study Hafner wrote applying the Rotabuggy principle to a Valentine tank. The Rotatank would have had a 152 foot diameter rotor and would require a Dakota towing a Halifax combination to get off the ground.
marcelo antunes, e-mail, 25.05.2009 03:10
Gostaria de saber mais informações. Um grande abraço...