Ride the Ducks
Ride the Ducks Philadelphia Reviews
RIDE THE DUCKS Jul 29, 2008
I had the chance to take a tour of Philadelphia,PA and learn its rich history in an odd WW2 vehicle. the things you will see and learn about is.. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Philly Mint, Betsy Ross' house, Ben Franklins Grave, Phillys Vietnam War Memorial, Society Hill, South Street, and splash into the Delaware River at Historic Penns Landing for a great view of the city from the river
"RIDE THE DUCKS"
The Ride The Ducks vehicle is based on the famous WWII DUKW amphibious design. Today. This vehicles is certified by the United States Coast Guard and tested regularly to ensure a safe and comfortable tour for guests.
In its 29 year history, this specially prepared vehicles have safely carried over 10 million guests on over 500,000 tours! i had a blast riding this and learned about phily as we "quacked " around town before going into the Deleware river.They gicve u duck quackers as you board so you can quack as you ride. a little history on the vehicle
DUKW's in History
Ducks were first built by General Motors in 1942 and were basically a truck enclosed in a water-tight shell. You may think they are called ducks because they can splash into the water and out again, but actually the name is a military acronym. The letters are codes indicating that it was designed in 1942 (D), for utility/amphibious purposes (U), with front wheel drive (K), and two rear driving axles (W).
The first operational use of the DUKW was in March, 1943, when the U.S. landed Army troops on Noumea, New Caledonia. Later organized into companies, the DUKW displayed its versatility by carrying ammunition directly from anchored ships to shore. This use of the DUKWs kept American casualties to a minimum, but a bigger purpose surfaced as American ingenuity took over... some of the DUKWs were modified to carry 4.5-inch rockets.
General Patton and General Eisenhower realized the DUKW was an invaluable war tool, and they were impressed by its capabilities. Over 1,000 DUKWs were used in the Sicilian landings of 1943alone. Operation Overlord, the landing in Normandy, was the most crucial operation in history with circumstances that made the DUKWs virtually indispensable. Approximately, 2,000 DUKWs brought to shore 40% of all supplies landed between June 6 and September 1, 1944.
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