This all-terrain vehicle has the ability to take off from indigenous runways and transform into a light-sports aircraft using a parafoil wing. Reaching ground speeds of up to 70 mph and flight speeds of 40 mph, the SkyRunner can transport 2 occupants … 120 nautical miles, at an altitude of 10,000 feet.
After TSHTF, maintaining highways and bridges will take a back seat to just staying alive and free from the slavers and reavers. If you need to get somewhere faster than you can walk or ride horseback, you will need some creative solutions.
Flying ATVs, such as the rugged special forces parafoil version above, provide one solution to the problem: Whatever you cannot “ATV”, simply unfurl the parafoil and fly over.
Another approach to difficult terrain is the hovercraft approach. Low level hover is effective for relatively flat surfaces. Moderately rough surfaces may require “ground effect hover” as described later.
The following video demonstrates the construction of a basic small hovercraft using conventional materials and methods.
The primary advantage of hovercrafts is that they can travel freely over land, water, ice, mud, sand, and even pavement. They come in all sizes, and can be customised for a wide range of climate and terrain. The hovercraft in the video above are built in a factory. But hovercraft can also be built at home — or as a high school project.
Ground Effect Hover/Fliers
Using ground effect, hovercraft fliers can zoom over uneven ground and low ocean swell.
Monster Trucks and Many-Wheeled Vehicles Provide Further Options
The Russian mechanic who designed the Sherp ultra-short monster truck utilised giant, low pressure tires to provide flexible traction as well as flotation.
[caption id="attachment_9197" align="aligncenter" width="640"] St. Petersburg Sherp ATV
The Sherp ATV is the brain child of Alexei Garagashyan, a mechanic in Saint Petersburg, who has had an interest in unconventional solutions in traditional SUVs, such as building race cars, reports Auto Motor und Sport.
Multiple wheel vehicles such as the 8 X 8 in the video above are capable of moving strongly over water, land, mud, snow, and other difficult surfaces.
You do not have to wait for TEOTWAWKI in order to achieve similar travel challenges. In parts of the arctic, for example, travel surfaces can change radically from day to day, or from one hour to the next. In such situations, a more versatile vehicle can be lifesaving.
At Canada’s Great Slave Lake, Wintertime is TEOTWAWKI
Houseboat dwellers on the lake are necessarily self-reliant, to the point of virtual sovereignty. During the periods of freeze-up and breakup, travel from houseboat to outside help can be deadly treacherous.
Great Escapes is an earlier posting on alternative means of getting away from a suddenly unruly crowd.
Keep in mind that in the modern world, most situations of TS Hitting TF are only temporary, as in severe weather power outages and the like. Preparation for such situations generally involve hunkering in place with proper supplies and backup life support functions. But if infrastructure breakdown is accompanied by widespread civil disorder — as it easily could do in cities with large populations of poorly assimilated third world peoples — the ability to make an orderly and timely escape to a prepared position can save your bacon.
Infrastructure and civil order might be restored within a week or two after a shutdown — or perhaps not. In the face of that degree of uncertainty, a solid fallback plan can provide peace of mind. But even the best plan will fail if it is not executed in time. Plan, prepare, practise. And be ready to pull the trigger if necessary.
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