As with the contract for the GPW, Ford received a contract tomanufacture the amphibious GPA principally in recognition of the company's large production capacity. But development and testing was rushed, there were numerous delays in the production process, and theresult was less maneuverable than the services had wanted. Still,12,778 GPA's were built, with the squarish hull surrounding an interiorsimilar to the GPW, and a power take-off for the propeller. Restored,seaworthy GPA's are still popular, particularly in Australia as well as the U.S. This 1943 GPA is on loan to the Oregon Military Museum. (Robert D. West)
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