Thursday, August 13, 2015

DUKW (Duck)

DUKW (Duck) “Auto that sails the seas and boat that runs on land”. Dr Thomas Augustus Jaggar looked to develop an amphibious motor car. After several months of experimentation, he completed his pioneer water bug and dubbed it ‘Ohiki,’ which is Hawaiian for sand crab. Jaggar invented the first practical wheeled amphibian. He later created another amphibian, the Honukai (sea turtle;) it was a twin-screw steel amphibian, built in Chicago by the Powell Mobile-Boat Corp. Today, we simply call these vehicles ‘Ducks.’ Jaggar was considered grandfather of the ‘Duck,’ which has played a prominent part in amphibious landings both in the European and South Pacific theaters of war.

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