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Howie "Belly Flopper"

Machine Gun Carrier

Photo via David R. Haugh - Oregon USA


Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 1937
Manufactured by: Captain Robert G. Howie and Master Sergeant M. Wiley
Crew: 2
Armament: (1).30 caliber machine gun
Engine: 4 Cylinder
Miscellaneous Info: Vehicle was handmade in 1936/37 in an attempt to produce a light reconnaissance vehicle using a small, light platform. An order for one sample vehicle was placed in January 1937, with the test vehicle delivered in April of the same year. Performance was better than expected, but U.S. Army development of a reconnaissance vehicle was directed toward a more conventional design.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


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Photos of the Howie Machine Gun Carrier (Vehicle at Ft. Benning, Georgia USA) Lee Dager - Georgia, USA
Photos of the Howie Machine Gun Carrier David Haugh - Oregon, USA

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Reference Source/Provider
Howie Belly Flopper Vehicle Patent US Patent Office


Reference Author
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon

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