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  1. ? ... hello, what duly amazes me is how long some items lasted in use... a photo from "Combat Flying Clothing" by C. Sweeting does show a crew from 379th B.G taken on March 12th, 1945 with at least one member still wearing the B-3 Life Vest. Caption reads B-4, but it can only be a B-3 for sure. Noteworthy indeed!!
  2. @Av8er, hello, I'm not an expert, and your insights into the F-106 parachute is somehow intriguing to me. Time ago I was looking very much here and there for possible more infos about my two specimens - one true BA-18 from 1963 and one (perhaps) BA-22 from 1977 or 1978 if I'm not wrong. Both 100% complete, both have the 'blast' manual handle and zero-delay lanyard + red hook, with the more recent 'chute sporting an interesting and never before seen variation of the said lanyard - not just the usual one tied at therear of knob, rather one more spring-enveloped lanyard ending with the hook. So the two coiled springs w/ lanyards inside make sort of 'V': one segment from the activating knob to 'golden key', the other from golden key to manual handle via red hook (when clipped onto). Clearly upon man-seat separation the jerk from seat will pull both lanyard/springs at once (via the golden key, linked to the seat lap belt) and the red hook will override the F-1B mechanism for immediate deployment of canopy when flying very low. Parachutes are displayed on a couple mannequinns both in a 1960s environment but none is involved with the F-106 plane. I didn't see any more BA- series assemblies with such arrangements, be it first-hand or in photos/videos. I think (not 100% sure) if Derek really prefers focusing at a F-106 parachute he's still correct adding the red hook to have a more complete and a bit more colorful assembly, and choosing the 'blast' handle as this was sometimes seen in very early 1960s photos of fighter pilots - by then the zero-zero seat for F-106 wasn't used yet, if I'm not wrong. This way the red snaphook would make sense, and of course the 'golden key' even more - since this is mandatory and paramount for having the parachute linked to the seat lap belt. Franco.
  3. here another source for a new condition hook https://www.flighthelmet.com/product/EJSP-1391.html
  4. also by better watching, it looks like the secondary lanyard (the zero-delay one) had back then its regular red snap hook attached, and subsequently this latter had been removed - some remnants of cut threadings here and there, plus the evident bending where lanyard was tightly tied around hook's hole. In case a new replacement hook could be found, for a mere display's purposes it will be sufficient arranging the lanyard correctly: passing once through the hole, then folding the remaining 'tail' a third time and cementing the layers together with some kind of glue for fabrics. Keep the overall lenght 6" from shaft of the activating knob, to hook's end. At least, so it is on my parachute (post #33).
  5. All of this does apply in my instance to the 'T' handle as found on my BA-18S wich is in 100% original condition and reportedly assembled in late 1963, however seeing the larger handle in Derek's specimen (and its position relative to chest straps) I think lanyard lenght and arrangement do not vary - some tolerance still should allow sufficient 'play'.
  6. lanyard passes through the hole w/ a simple loop then goes backwards to form three layers that are tightly sewn together.
  7. here some close-ups, could be useful in case of restoration/addition to a 'chute harness
  8. ... both handles actually, can be used in parachute ensembles working w/ ejection seats. Handles' shape in itself, is not strictly related with the matter. Handle of post #17 was perhaps the most used starting about 1956 till very recent times, but 'T' handle is seen here and there as well. B-52 airmen and sometimes F-104, F-101 and F-105 pilots wore parachutes w/ this type of handle, plus (in their case) the mandatory red hook. Beyond the item in itself, all the rest is exactly the same - cable from the manual handle will go over left shoulder and into the backpack, to merge with the other ripcord (into the F-1B and out of it) into the locking cones under the pack rear flap.
  9. That was one BA-18 from 1963. This the second one, from about 1988.
  10. hello, I permit myself saying there could be some confusions about this matter. The lanyard sporting the 'gold ring' is not the 'zero-delay' one. It's the very delay that attaches to the left-side half of seat lap belt. It only goes there, is always used, will lock together with the closing hardware of the said half-belt, and will pull out the ripcord when seat belt(s) will open - and, seat itself will part company with airman. Jerk by the seat (with spring-lanyard attached) will pull out the canopy. Rather, zero-delay lanyard is a different thing - it's the other green lanyard as seen on Viking's setup, just there it's missing the red anodyzed, spring hook that really must be present in order to get the complete fitting. At wich point it can be unclipped to the manual handle at all heights above (I believe) 8,000', but has to be clipped under that level - in fact "zero-delay" because being directly attached to the manual handle, it will by-pass the time of delay (a pre-set time in the F-1B box) and immediately will deploy the canopy when close to the ground. I've got a couple BA-18 'chutes both complete with the red hook, will attach some pics. Franco.
  11. They almost could be identical things, just a visual difference being the rear straps: leather for the AN-H-15 (and its parallel development for the USN, AN-6540 and AN-6542), cloth for the A-10 / A-10A. To next one - Franco.
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