Aug 292016
 

Military hardware design programs often have code names that are random or nearly so, so you can’t figure out what they are if you overhear them. Concepts like “Have Blue” or “Copper Canyon” or “Science Dawn” or even “Silver Bug” are pretty opaque. But every now and then there are concepts like Avro Canada’s 1960 idea for a truck capable of carrying and launching two Minuteman ICBMs: “Big Wheel.” For once, the name matched the product.

bigwheel

One wonders what sort of career these might have had in the Monster Truck circuit after they became obsolete.

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bigwheel layout

 Posted by at 7:26 pm
  • Marco

    Reminds me of some “land cruisers” from wartime (WW1) Popular Mechanics covers.

  • Those Avro boys must have been really throwing back the Canadian Club when they dreamed this up.

  • Rick

    similar to the project that the wheels for Bigfoot IV came from? https://i.ytimg.com/vi/oeHSqrmYl3A/hqdefault.jpg