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I've been spending again. Thanks to a tip off by Mr Digestive ( Tim ), a cardboard tube arrived in the post this morning with a Bail Out Oxygen bottle inside.

 

The rubber tube is quite perished and was detached when it was purchased. I stripped the valve down as soon as it arrived, removed the remains of the perished rubber, carefully cleaned everything and re-assembled it all with a new rubber tube installed. I also made the 'Apple', the green wooden ball that was pulled to break the valve and start the oxygen flow.

 

I'm on the look out now for a new tube and the fitting that would connect it to the oxygen mask.

 

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Steve

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This is great work Steve.

 

Joris, do you think we could edit this to make this into an article for the front page?

 

 

Steve, would you like to write some articles?

 

Cheers.

 

Jack.

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Guest matt

Those look nice Steve! no cracking on the rubber either by the looks of it?

 

Matt.

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A6A boots arrived today. They're quite big! ( Think Astronaut boots! )

 

 

Steve

 

 

Who used the boots Steve and what for (yes I know keep feet warm)

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These are in VERY good condition. I could have got some poor condition ones for about £30 to £40, but spent just a 'little' more for these!

 

US bomber crew boots. Some crew wore their service shoes inside them! most used electrically heated shoe inserts. Often the crews would tie their service shoes to their parachute harness in case of bail out, as the flyers boots weren't comfortable to walk in for long distances.

 

 

Steve

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Just got this new piece of kit to go with the flying boots. It's a set of Q-1 electrically heated flying boot inners, to be worn over leather shoes and inside the A-6A boots. A bargain at £8.00 of Ebay!

 

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Steve

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Blimey, how long does the extension have to be so you can walk around?

Or are they cordless?? :-D

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Got a few pics of me kitting up at Eden Camp over the weekend, and thought I'd share.......

 

A-11 Alpaca Trousers and Q-1 heated shoe inners.....

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I won't actually be going there, but I suspect it would be a little warm to wear full flying kit in mid summer; however, this is England, so you never know!!

 

Steve

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Replacing lost posts.............

 

Here's some more gear we bought recently. Once again, Ebay was the source of the navigation plotting instruments. Below is a bakerlite Parallel rule. The only markings is the word 'Esco' on each of the joining arms. Also shown is a Warner Deviation Plotter, and a Weems Aircraft Plotter Mark II.

 

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Bought as part of a collection of manuals, these three cover 'Elementary Map and Aerial Photograph Reading', 'Advanced Map and Aerial Photograph Reading', and 'Mathematics for Air Crew Trainees'.

 

The manuals are slightly larger than A5 paper, and are in virtually mint condition.

 

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Guide to the Army Air Forces, June, 1944

A complete guide to the organisations structure, proceedures, equipment, almanac and chronical of achievement of the Army Air Forces

 

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Aircraft Electrical Systems Manual, April 16th, 1942

Technical Manual covering everything from electronics basics to complex aircraft electrical systems

 

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Aircraft Radio Shop Practice, May 1st, 1942

Technical Manual for the repair and maintenance of Aircraft Radios

 

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Radiotelephone Proceedure, March 31st, 1942

Technical Manual for the understanding of Radio Telephone codes and Operational Proceedures

 

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USAAF Report for the Secretary of War, February 27th, 1945

Report of the US Air Forces War against its enemies on all fronts during WW2

 

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Couldn't help myself, another picture of me; taken at Wheels & Wings, Elvington. This time wearing the throat mic and new mic switch, and just out of shot, carrying my chute and harness.

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