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The Christie Flying Tank Project





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The information sheet describing the Christie Tank Project reads - -

"How formidable a weapon the flying tank will be in actual warfare can be understood from the drawings. Tanks can land almost directly on protected enemy territory, shed their wings, and plunge into action with their 75 millimeter guns blazing."

It is reported that one tank of this design was actually built, and likely, there was only one. The airplane part probably never left the drawing board. It appears that Mr. Cristie was an eccentric genius who never could get it right with the War Department. Alas, it seems that creative genius is only part of the process. It takes a different kind of genius to cope with a bureaucracy.

However, it is believed that the Russians bought at least one of the tanks he created, and applied his thinking to their excellent tanks used in World War Two. The "Flying Christie" never went into production.

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The image of the magazine cover, the information on the "Christie", and the photos
below are available to "Roadable Times" through the courtesy of David Dodge.


The Christie Tank Prototype


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Twin Pushers and Other Free Flight Oddities


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