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#1 jonesy1275

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:36 AM

Here are two recent items to my collection which I think are very exciting.

 

The first is a super rare CG-4A or C-47 tow rope connector assembly with approximately 12" of nylon tow rope still attached. This was unearthed at an ex WWII airfield in France. The assembly consists of (From R - L) D Ring Plug, Figure Eight Swing Link, Oval Link on the Thimble before the line was back spliced to make a loop. I've seen a few NOS tow ropes with connectors in museums but to have one that was used in the ETO is something else.

 

The second item is a CG-4A glider load adjuster. This was used to correctly balance any cargo inside the CG-4A ensuring that the centre of gravity remained within limits. These appear on sale fairly frequently but this one caught my eye as the serial number of the CG-4A was written on the paper tag. The CG-4A guru, Charles Day has confirmed that CG-4A 43-41903 was manufactured by Pratt-Read from Deep River, Connecticut. The company only manufactured 956 CG-4A's in total whilst this CG-4A was #125 out of 350 manufactured during one of the contracts awarded to the company.

 

The comms cable was found with the tow rope connector and I thought it was the comms cable for the interphone between C-47 and glider but after some research it isn't.

 

Neil.

 

 

 

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:37 AM

The connector.

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:38 AM

Close up.

 

 

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:39 AM

Load adjuster.

 

 

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:40 AM

paper tag with CG-4A serial number.

 

 

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 09:57 AM

Great items !!!



#7 BILL THE PATCH

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 12:08 PM

Really cool, I like the tow rope connector. Just think it Might have been used in combat.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 08:37 AM

Nice. Did the aircraft history on the load adjuster glider indicate it was used overseas?

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 05:09 AM

According to Joe Baugher's site this was a Pratt- Read made CG-4A-PR. His records show that 43-41779 thru 43-42128 went to the RAF as Hadrian II's. There was no individual record listed for 43-41903



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Posted 11 April 2018 - 05:43 AM

According to Joe Baugher's site this was a Pratt- Read made CG-4A-PR. His records show that 43-41779 thru 43-42128 went to the RAF as Hadrian II's. There was no individual record listed for 43-41903


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#11 jonesy1275

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 11:30 AM

According to Joe Baugher's site this was a Pratt- Read made CG-4A-PR. His records show that 43-41779 thru 43-42128 went to the RAF as Hadrian II's. There was no individual record listed for 43-41903

 

Thanks for the info.



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:58 PM

Saw this today at the USAF Museum in Dayton so I decided to snap a pic.

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