Born: April 16, 1907
Died: February 18, 1961
Place of Birth: Valcourt, Quebec
Joseph-Armand Bombardier came from a large family with limited income.
He seemed to be a natural mechanic even as a youth.
His early goal was to develop a machine that could drive in snow.
In 1937, J.A. Bombardier invented a vehicle that had skis in the front with two driving tracks in back.
During World War II he set up a company named after his family, "Bombardier" to build his machines.
Shortly after the war, he designed a new 12 passenger machine that was used by the military and the police.
In 1958, Bombardier introduced a snow machine, the "Ski-doo" that was to revolutionize travel in snow.
The Ski-doo, became known as a "snowmobile", used two skis in the front but only had a single wide driving track in back.
Numerous companies began to introduce different snowmobile models and a new sport, snowmobiling, was created.
After J.A. Bombardier died, the company continued and expanded into new divisions, most notable the aircraft and passenger train fields.
The snowmobile had a major impact on the lives of those who lived in the north taking the place of dog teams.
It is estimated that Bombardier employs over 50,000 people with gross revenue in the billions each year.
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