Testing Bantam Jeep with 37mm Antitank Gun

Testing Bantam Jeep with 37mm Antitank Gun

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This photo was taken in 1941 at New River, North Carolina during testing of the Bantam BRC-40 jeep, the forerunner of the Willys MB and Ford GPW jeeps that became the World War II standard. This photo of the Bantam has all four wheels off the ground (six if you count the towed 37mm Antitank gun), the inspiration for the "Flying Jeep" poster and similar depictions.

Original caption: "Bantam car in mid-air."

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