Saturday, May 28, 2011

US Military had AT-AT before George Lucas.

I found an article with pictures and information about the US military's quadroped machine... from the 60s.  Very cool.  The website is here: 

This is the image from the article.  It was supposed to get up to 35 miles per hour.  This below is another image of the military's vehicle.  It's from:

And here's another baby AT-AT.  This one is modern, and it's supposed to take some of the weight off of soldiers' backs.  The image is from: 

I wonder if George Lucas saw the military AT-AT and used it for inspiration for his movies.  The big weakness is the same with all the other modern stuff.  Capability to blow up/destroy things has moved faster than armor technology.  Something like the AT-AT would be useful like a tank, only in a few situations where tanks can't maneouver.  It seems like it would be a niche tool. 

Oh well.  It still looks cool. 

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