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Piece of an aircraft or rusting chunk of rubbish ?

Article about: hi steve, Nice find ones more, you have been very lucky with your airfield. I always look forward to see what you come up with. best of luck. Dave.

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    Hi all

    As the title says.......what do you guys think this may be ? I found it next to a revetment at an old WW2 airfield. It was at the same depth as other relics i know are WW2 era.

    Could it be a piece off an aircraft engine ? Spitfires, Lightnings and Mustangs were all worked on in the revetment.

    Or is it just a piece of old tat that needs binning ?

    See what you think ! (the close up shot shows one of the nuts and the fact it appears to have a 'lug' on it). The pipe was in place when it was in the ground but soon came away so it may be a red herring !









    Thanks for looking

    relichunter

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    I have no idea, but it is a weird looking sucker. Did you look to see if there were possibly any other related parts nearby?

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    Yes packin9......had a good hunt round the area and found nothing.

    I have been looking at pictures of Merlin engines and have convinced myself i can see what looks like this piece on the bottom left side (as you look from the front) !!!

    ....but that's probably just wishful thinking

    relichunter

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    I guess it would be a little hard to find. Perhaps getting rid of some of that rust might reveal something.

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    I thought the front where the prop shaft went my be it. As I look again at yours, uh uh. This is a Merlin 12 cylinder. On the lower back right looks like a maybe. Looks like it goes into the fly wheel. Part of the starter?
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture merlin1.jpg  

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    Could be...could be !

    I've already cleaned ALOT of mud and stuff off. Little scared to clean deeper as it is very fragile.

    But i'll give it a go !

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    Keep us posted. I'd like to see what it ends up looking like.

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    Hi, to me it looks just like a fitting for a tank of some sort, like a fuel tank, catch can, cooling system etc, the pipe may well have been a take off or supply connection for something on an aircraft possibly.....who knows
    interesting all the same.
    Andy

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    Andy is right ... this is a component from an American 108 gallon drop tank ... I should know as I found a complete tank on Raydon airfield in the 1970s ...
    Gremlin

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    I found a similar object on my favourite airfield years ago ...and I always wondered what is was! Here's a pic of what I now know is part of a drop tank.
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