About 15 years ago, I stumbled across images of a magazine article written in the 1930s which described the insane concept of a flying tank. Yes, that big thing which lumbers around battlefields, crushing everything in its path, and getting all shooty with its big boom stick. These weren't tanks that were loaded into the cargo holds of giant planes and flown to someplace and dropped via parachutes. Nope, these tanks had wings and propellors and were supposed to fly to a combat area, land, strip off the wings, and then start wreaking havoc. At speeds of close to 120 MPH. The designer of them was a guy by the name of J. Walter Christie. Hmm, sez I. That idea sounds really familiar. Tucker wanted to build a high-speed combat car that could go that fast. Sure sounds like those were complimentary weapon systems. Later on, I find out that the story about how the American Bantam Co. developed the first prototype Jeep in less than 90 days is bullshit, and that racing legend (and Tucker's mentor) Harry A. Miller had a prototype of the Jeep running around the Bantam factory in the early 1930s. That's enough to put Tucker and Jeeps together, since I always thought it was weird how much Tucker's Combat Car/Tiger Tank resembled Jeeps. Then I find out that Harry Miller was helping design his flying tanks. So, it all makes sense. Christie has this vision of a modern, highly mobile, military and is building concept vehicles to help convince the military. There it all kind of sits in the ol' noggin. Until I decide to read "Patton: The Man Behind the Legend" by Martin Blumenson. On page 121, there's a brief mention of Patton, in 1919, describing his ideas of mechanized warfare to J. Walter Christie. Patton maintained contact with Christie and even helped finance some of his projects. All of which means, that high-speed, air deliverable tanks, Jeeps, and MRAPS can trace their origins to General George S. Patton. Kind of impressive, and he laid the groundwork for it in 1919.