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U.S. military base gets a visit from a ‘Halo’ Warthog vehicle

If only its weapons systems worked.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Apr 23, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 12:19 am CDT

It’s not every day that you see a video game brought to life.

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord, outside of Takoma, Wash., recently hosted an unlikely visitor: a Warthog vehicle from the Halo video game series. The Warthog is an armored reconnaissance vehicle with an mounted anti-aircraft gun, and while it looks like a real combat vehicle in the game, it’s completely fictional.

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But a handful of Warthogs were manufactured for live-action Halo spinoffs and promotional events, blurring the line between fiction and reality. That’s how a real Warthog came rolling up to JB Lewis-McChord like it was no big deal.

This particular vehicle was a visitor from Microsoft‘s Xbox team, which sent it there as a photo opportunity for Halo fans on the base.


Other Warthogs have been spotted before, dating back to 2007. At the time, Columbia Pictures was trying to make a Halo feature film, a project that involved Neill Blomkamp, Guillermo del Toro, and Peter Jackson at various points in pre-production. The studio eventually abandoned the idea, but we still got a few Warthogs out of it.

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*First Published: Apr 23, 2015, 9:19 am CDT