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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 scooter at USAF museum.
Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter. Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Hain-Matson and Lex Schmidt.
1944 advertisement for Cushman Motor Works featuring their scooters for use in war production.
U.S. Navy Officer at Brooklyn Navy Yard, WW II, with Cushman Motor Scooter.
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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