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Famous Army SUV gets its name from light hand reporter

August 1 2009

August 1, 1941 in the United States released its first "SUV" - a military vehicle terrain. Now, this brand of cars is a corporation of Daimler-Chrysler.

Car maker "Jeep" is an American engineer Karl Probst, constructed in July 1940, the firm American Bantam in the U.S. Army tender AWD «Bantam» carrying capacity of a quarter ton open-top type ranebaut. This design was at the insistence of the army and then refined by larger firms Willys-Overland and Ford Motor Co., As a result and have received major contracts to supply "Jeeps» Willys MB and Ford GPW armies of the United States and its allies.

Informal nickname «jeep» was launched in the broad appeal of the American journalist Katharina Hiller in the spring of 1941 after testing the car Bantam. It is believed that the name of the brand has received from the car Ford GPW - in particular, due to the phonetic combination of first letters of the abbreviation of the name "JP".

In 1945 it became a commercial brand name of the company Willys-Overland. In 1953 the company was bought by Willys Kaiser-Fraizer, and in 1963 renamed Kaiser-Jeep. Since 1969, the Jeep brand was part of the group AMC (American Motors Co.), In turn, got in 1987 under the full control group Chrysler. Since 1998, the Department Jeep, specializing in production of off-road vehicles, is part of a transnational group DaimlerChrysler Corp.

Until the end of World War II "jeep" was issued more than 300,000. Their considerable supplies were in the Soviet Union - as part of the famous program "Lend-Lease."

August 1, 1987 ended the longest civil flight. It made an Englishwoman Yves Jackson, who won the title of hardy passengers. Miss Jackson took off from Biggin Hill, gr. Kent, United Kingdom, April 26, 1986, and arrived in Sydney, Australia, August 1, 1987 at overcoming the 21,950 miles it took 279 hours and 55 minutes.

1 August 1980 died the oldest in the world of goldfish. Fish Called Fred, owned by Mr. AR Wilson of Worthing, West Sussex County, Great Britain, has died at the age of 41 years. This is an absolute record.

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