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RAF Aircraft excape axe

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    Default RAF Aircraft excape axe

    These axes were standard kit aboard many RAF aircraft. They were designed to help trapped air crew hack themselves free of any wreakage. They would also double up as a handy survival tool or even a weapon. The grip is thick insulated rubber and is supposed to allow the user to safely cut through electricity cables.



    This is a good early example and is maker marked "Elwell" and dated 1939, plus the usual Air Ministry crown and "AM" mark.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Default Cresent Manufacturing Aircrew Escape Axe

    During the "Commando Vault" weapon system program 15,000 lb. "Daisy Cutter" parachute bombs were used in Vietnam and also Afghanistan. Usually delivered by a Lockheed C-130 Hercules to flatten a forest into a helicopter landing zone. The photo attachment is an escape axe that came from a MC-130 but somehow was found inside a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe Skycrane helicopter after they were retired in the 1990's. Here are more specs:

    Federal Supply Class (FSC) #4210-Fire Fighting Equipment
    ISO Group//Defense & Aerospace Sustainment Partner
    info@iso-group.com
    Condition: OVHL
    Description: Axe, Pick Head 4.375 inch long
    NSN: 4210-00-243-0863
    Item Name Code (INC) #01031
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