Ideas, we all have them. Some are fantastic and go on to change the world, Spam as an example. Some are awesome on paper but in the end do not succeed in the real world and those typically out number the good ones by a country mile. Take the video below for example. This 1960 video shows the Army testing rolling fluid transporters in a bunch of different scenarios.
So what were these things? Well they were effectively large tires that held 500 gallons of fuel a piece and were designed to be towed, floated, or just dragged along behind a truck. These were also modular and you will see a scene featuring 10 huge tires rolling down the road behind a truck. It looks pretty impressive!
The concept makes lot of sense, really. We cannot say for sure why these were never adopted in a more widespread fashion but they are preset neat. Rolling over flat ground, down the highway, etc seems like the perfect scenario. Perhaps they were too heavy to be dragged through rougher terrain? Maybe they were too balky? Maybe they offered a large target and turned the truck pulling the tires into a truck tethered to a big bomb?
We love stuff like this. We wish we had been in the room when the first guy looked up from his desk and said, “What do you think would happen if we…..?” and then the process in bringing these to fruition. How did the fuel get out of the “transporters”. Air pressure was used and there was a hand pump option. Well, we don’t want to be the guy hand pumping 500 gallons a side out!
Rolling fluid transporters. Awesomely neat!