Today in WW II: 28 Sep 1943 More than 9000 Japanese troops escape from Central Solomons to southern Bougainville in a well-organized evacuation effort [28 Sep-3 Oct].
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.