DUKW


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DUKW

 (dŭk)
n.
See duck4.

[From a sequence of codes used by General Motors Corporation : D, 1942 (first year of production) + U, utility truck, amphibious + K, front-wheel drive + W, tandem axle.]
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Mr Clinch said: "As this report is published, I am encouraged that the MCA and DUKW operators are working closely together to devise a framework for safely operating amphibious vehicles in the future.
The DUKWs landed us at a dirt road leading to the airstrips.
1) DUKW is an Army acronym that indicates when this amphibious vehicle was designed (D) (in 1942), for what purpose (U) (utility and amphibious operations), and equipped with (K) (front-wheel drive), and (W) (two rear-drive axles).
He tells me that some of his visitors are even coming to this month's celebrations with military relics such as a Willis Jeep, motorcycle and sidecar, while another is sending over his own DUKW 3-ton amphibious lorry in the hope that it will once again swim off the Normandy beaches.
The DUKW (don't ask -it's complicated) had a life expectancy of just 90 hours when it was built.
Before leaving on the company's ration DUKW, he asked to fire a few shots from a rifle.
The authors of this book provide a well researched and easily read overview of four major Allied weapons of World War II--the British Submarine Spitfire and the American DC--3 (C--47 Dakota), Sherman tank and the amphibious truck, DUKW, known as the "Duck".
Also, it is planned to bring inside the H-19 Chickasaw helicopter, the H-21 Shawnee helicopter, a World War II wrecker, the amphibious DUKW and several experimental vehicles.
During a test sail this week, the converted DUKW got into difficulties and was towed back to shore by a rescue boat.
The museum has acquired awesome additions to the vehicle display at Vimy House -- including a 1918-model Renault two-man tank (sans turret), an "Alligator", a DUKW, several other vehicles and last, but not least, a "Quad" artillery tractor which, together with the 25-pr gun/howitzer and limber, completes the "set.
In his time, he has owned an Aston Martin, Alvis, a Daimler, four or five Mercedes-and even a World War II DUKW amphibious craft.
Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) chief inspector Steve Clinch said it was "extremely fortunate" that none of the 33 passengers and crew on board the Duck vehicle Wacker Quaker 1, formally known as a DUKW, were drowned or injured when it sank in Salthouse Dock, in Liverpool, on June 15, 2013.