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Transcript of Joseph-Armand Bombardier
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In 1929, he married Yvonne Labrecque, and together they had six children.
In 1935, Bombardier assembled a vehicle that ran on caterpillar tracks similar to a tank’s. The first snowmobile, the vehicle was steered by skis and could hold two or three passengers.
At 17, after years spent attending a seminary school at the behest of his father, Bombardier became an apprentice mechanic in a local garage and later moved to Montréal, where he studied electrical and mechanical engineering.
In 1907 Jospeh-Armand Bombardier was born
on April 16, 1907 in Valcourt, Quebec in a small farming village in Eastern Townships.
At 13 years old, he built a miniature locomotive that was propelled by clock mechanisms he bought from a local jeweller.
On New Year’s Eve 1922, when he was 15 years old, Bombardier tested his first full-scale invention. He strapped a Model T Ford engine he had refurbished to the top of two wooden sleds hitched in tandem. The engine drove a hand-made wooden propeller, which thrust the vehicle through the snow.
After the start of the Second World War, the Canadian Armed Forces showed interest in Bombardier's B12 snowmobile , but wanted a more powerful model that could move troops and military equipment in winter.
In 1959, he personally delivered the first Ski-Doo to a missionary in remote northern Ontario. The Ski-Doo was small — comparable to a motorcycle — and propelled by a single track that was as wide as the machine and set behind steerable skis.