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    Default Part fitted under Westland Wapiti wing...?

    Hello everyone

    I've seen this under the wings of some R.A.F. Wapitis, as well as on other aircraft such as the D.H.9a (I've highlighted it red in this photo):

    https://flic.kr/p/2iCb2V9

    Any idea what it is? Looks to be a clamp of some sort? I wondered if it was for a tie-down or something, but I assumed that's what the ring to the top left of it is for?

    Thanks

    Simon

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    I think that holds a flare for night landings? Looks like something used in WWI by night fighting aircraft.
    Steve

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    Agree. It's the Holt flare mounting bracket for night landings. In common RAF use from WW I into the late 1930s.

    See eg 211 Squadron Hawker Audax at my page http://www.211squadron.org/audax___h...1squadronAudax

    The Gaumont British film RAF used to be online but cannot now spot it quickly. The Southampton landing sequence was truly stunning.

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    1. Previous thread in the Forum archives http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/01943.php
    2. IX Sqn use https://books.google.com.au/books?id...%20RAF&f=false
    Last edited by Don Clark; 8th March 2020 at 20:39.
    Toujours propos

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    Many thanks indeed for the replies Steve and Don, much appreciated.

    I'd wondered if it was for some sort of lighting, as there is a cable running down it.

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - a bit of Googling found this drawing:

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...are%22&f=false
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 9th March 2020 at 10:43.

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