Over 90 years ago, Oshkosh built the first four-wheel drive truck and called it the Old Betsy. In 1918 the company relocated to the town of Oshkosh in the US. State of Wisconsin and henceforth called itself Oshkosh Motor Manufacturing Company. Everyone who is interested in trucks, fire engines and military vehicles knows this name. Today, Oshkosh is a leading developer and manu-facturer of firefighting and military vehicles.
It was in the 1970s that I first came into contact with airport fire engines, back then it was the vehicle that Frankfurt Airport had received from the Faun company. Of course, I was very impressed by this firefighting giant and wondered if there were such vehicles over in the States.
Yes, they existed at the time and were built by Oshkosh. So I contacted the company and after some time I received an answer, see letter on the left. That year I was still with the Bundeswehr in Hemer.
After this extremely positive first contact, a lively correspondence developed over time, which always lasted a while, because computers with e-mail etc. unfortunately did not exist at that time. Richard and I became friends and exchanged ideas regularly. He sent me brochures, catalogues, photos and drawings of the Oshkosh vehicles, especially the airport fire trucks.