Joseph-Armand Bombardier

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  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier was born.

    Joseph-Armand Bombardier was born.
    Bombardier was born to a large family of prosperous farmers and shopkeepers in the small town of Valcourt, not too far from Sherbrooke, southeast of Montreal in the province of Quebec.
  • Developing talent.

    Developing talent.
    A part of our heritage
    At an early age, Joseph-Armand showed a definite talent for mechanics and a great passion for machines. He had all the tools he needed to make his talent bloom.
  • Assembled first snowmobile.

    Assembled first snowmobile.
    At 15, he assembled his first snowmobile, propelled by a wooden propeller.
  • Grasping the operation of complex machinery.

    Grasping the operation of complex machinery.
    In 1926, he became a garage mechanic in Valcourt. He immediately grasped the operation of complex machinery. His reputation spread around the Eastern Townships and people came from afar to consult him.
    In his spare time, he devoted himself to research, for he had one obsession: to build a vehicle that could conquer winter storms and so end the isolation of rural communities.
  • Produced a seven-passenger transporter (B-7).

    Produced a seven-passenger transporter (B-7).
    In 1937, after years of effort and persistence, Bombardier produced a seven-passenger transporter (B-7) and obtained a patent for his tracked drive system that henceforth equipped all his vehicles.
  • Military interest in B-7

    Military interest in B-7
    In 1940, the military took an interest in his B7 snowmobile which was capable of moving troops over ice, sand and swamps. He produced several hundred of them but did not receive royalties as the inventor, since Ottawa apparently considered that production as his contribution to the war effort.
  • B12 Model built. Auto-Neige Bombardier Inc.

    B12 Model built. Auto-Neige Bombardier Inc.
    In 1942, he launched the B12 model. Modernized, it was furnished with an independent suspension on each axle. That year, the inventor incorporated himself and founded Auto-Neige Bombardier Inc.
  • Building all-terrain vehicles for exploration industries.

    Building all-terrain vehicles for exploration industries.
    In 1948, Bombardier decided to build all-terrain vehicles for the exploration industries.
  • Culmination of his work: the Ski-Doo.

    Culmination of his work: the Ski-Doo.
    The end of the 1950s saw the culmination of his work on the development of a small individual vehicle: the Ski-Dog, better known under the name of Ski-Doo (snowmobile) because of a printing error in the documentation given to the distributors.With that invention, Joseph-Armand Bombardier solved the problem of individual transportation on snow in remote areas and gave birth to a new industry.
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier died.

    Joseph-Armand Bombardier died.
    The life of Joseph-Armand BombardierOn February 18th, 1964, Joseph-Armand Bombardier died.
  • Bombardier Corporation empire.

    Bombardier Corporation empire.
    Ten years after his death, more than a million Ski-Doos crisscross the fields and forests of the world. A great visionary, he laid the foundations of an empire, the Bombardier Corporation. This is a Quebec firm of international scope and one of the largest Canadian manufacturers. Its areas of activity are diversified (recreational products, railway transport, aeronautics, capital and services). Bombardier has a presence in more than 80 countries and employs nearly 47,000 people.