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Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter (G-683)

The Scooter, Motor, 2W, Airborne was manufactured by Cushman Motor Works. Beginning in 1944, 4,734 were produced and delivered to the U.S. Government.

The Scooter weighed 255 pounds and was powered by a Cushman one cylinder, 4 cycle engine with magneto ignition, developing 4.6 hp. It had a range of about 100 mph and maximum speed of 40 mph. In addition to personal transportation, the Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter had a hitch to pull the M3A4 general-purpose utility cart.

The manual for the Scooter, Motor, 2W, Airborne was TM 9-876.

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Cushman Model 39 Delivery Scooter on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH.   The three-wheeled utility vehicle was built in 1943 for the U.S. Army Air Forces. The Cushman company of Lincoln, NE, began making scooters in 1936 and sold 606 Model 39s to the U.S. military during World War II. These utility scooters remained in service for many years moving various equipment and supplies. The Model 39 used a small one-cylinder engine, yet could carry a fairly heavy load and could travel about 60 miles on a one-gallon tank of gas. Its yellow color and checkered flag ensured safety and visibility while driving on a flightline. This Model 39 is marked as a vehicle of the 7366th Electronic Countermeasures Squadron, 12th Air Force, U.S. Air Forces Europe, during the early 1950s.
Cushman scooter at USAF museum.
U.S. Navy Officer at Brooklyn Navy Yard, WW II, with Cushman Motor Scooter.
1944 advertisement for Cushman Motor Works featuring their scooters for use in war production.
Cushman scooter ridden by T/5 Leroy Courtney from Columbus, OH, Pier 5, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 20 January 1945. He delivers confidential papers throughout HRPE on this scooter.
Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter. Image from TM 9-8000 (January 1956).

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Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter.  Image from TM 9-8000 (January 1956)
Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter. Image from TM 9-8000 (January 1956).

Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter.  Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Hain-Matson and Lex Schmidt
Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter. Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Hain-Matson and Lex Schmidt.

Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter at the Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH with towed M3A4 general-purpose utility cart
Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter at the Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH with towed M3A4 general-purpose utility cart.

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