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Today in WW II: 23 Jul 1940 American Bantam and Willys-Overland submit the only two bids for the Quartermaster Corps light reconnaissance and command cars, the origin of the military jeep.  More 
23 Jul 1941 Original World War II contract for jeeps awarded to Willys with Ford added Nov 1941 to increase production.
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Oshkosh P-4 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF)

The Oshkosh P-4 6x6 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) had a 1,500 gallon capacity and a 500 gpm pump. A variation of the P-4 called the P-4A was also procured. The U.S. Air Force bought more than 500 P-4s in the early 1970s and P-4As were purchased by both the U.S. Navy and the Australian Air Force.

Oshkosh P-4 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) at a flight line fire during Exercise Thunderhog V, Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, 4 November 1983
Oshkosh P-4 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) at a flight line fire during Exercise Thunderhog V, Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, 4 November 1983.

USAF 437th Military Airlift Wing firefighter in a proximity suit and an airman seated in the cab of a Oshkosh P-4 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) during exercise Camille, Melville Hall Airport, Dominica, Caribbean, 3 May 1987
USAF 437th Military Airlift Wing firefighter in a proximity suit and an airman seated in the cab of a Oshkosh P-4 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) during exercise Camille, Melville Hall Airport, Dominica, Caribbean, 3 May 1987.

USAF 437th Military Airlift Wing firefighter in a proximity suit with Oshkosh P-4 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) during exercise Camille, Melville Hall Airport, Dominica, Caribbean, 3 May 1987
USAF 437th Military Airlift Wing firefighter in a proximity suit with Oshkosh P-4 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) during exercise Camille, Melville Hall Airport, Dominica, Caribbean, 3 May 1987.

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