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  1. After many years of looking, I finally stumbled on the saw / knife assembly used in the SAC E-1 survival kit. It is a14" long blued blade with the tip and back of the blade sharpened. They were made by the E. C. Atkins company and the only markings are C-5708 on the blade. The teeth on the saw are noticeably different that the "bow saw" teeth on the more common ones. The handle is a "nest of saws" type handle. The "SAC E-1 Kit" manual" says "The saw knife is designed primarily for use in making shelters from ice and snow, but can be used to butcher game or as a machete. The handle can be removed from the blade and used as a small vise for tying flies." Below are several photos.
  2. I have several of the crash axes I have found over the years, they are pretty easy to find. What I am looking for is the mounting bracket for them. All the times I have flown in 60's, I never paid any attention to them. I flew in the left side gunners pocket, so I would climb in then strap in. All the pictures I took were out the window or of other people in the cabin. After Mohawks post, I had an idea of what and where to look. Below are a couple of pictures I found online. I am not sure what country the one with the axe on the wall is from.
  3. Thanks for looking for photos, and the photos posted. There are two Gemtor versions, the D42 with the hole in the blade and a smooth cutting edge and the D56 which has a solid head and serrated blade. I am actually looking for one of the brackets the axe mounts in or a part number for it. I have seen them painted red, black, and left bare metal. Any idea which model axe is used?
  4. There are some things that you can ship by ground that you can not ship by air. Try USPS ground or another carrier??? I have also received packages with things in them that I don't see how they got through the system. I have always been honest when I ship items, some of those regulations have some pretty stiff penalties and the last thing I want is a postal Inspector knocking on my door. At one time I had to ship hazardous materials for my company. Things had gotten very lax until the 1996 ValuJet crash. Shortly after that, everything changed. Almost everything can be shipped if you mark and package it correctly. CO2 cylinders get to the sporting goods stores somehow...
  5. According to the -10, there is a crash axe mounted between the front seats. Does anyone have a picture they can post showing the axe and its mounting? Or, is the axe a Spak or Gemtor?
  6. You can usually find snap setting tools in fabric stores or the sewing section of many "big box" stores. Setting the stud on a Lift The Dot fastener is the same as a Pull The Dot or regular snap. All you are doing is peening the post. Drill a hole in a block of wood slightly larger than the diameter of the stud, put the stud in the hole, put the fabric over the post (back of the stud), put the washer over the post, give the tool a couple of whacks with a hammer and you should be good.
  7. I have been a forum member for several years and seeing the various posts about medal groupings and purple hearts has finally led me to ask if anyone has any information or knows the location of any medals named to 1st. Lt. Wallace W. Wilhide USMCR? I always heard his name as Wallace Wilfred Wilhide. At some point, possibly a military records error, his name appears as Wilfred W. Wilhide, so it is possible the medals will be named that way. I was named after him and his brother Robert who were both killed while flying off Okinawa. When I was young teen, my Aunt, their mother, gave me Robert's medals. They are pictured below with some newspaper clippings and a copy of the church bulletin from their memorial service. I never asked about Wallace's, medals, but were told they were similar to Roberts. I am not trying to obtain the awards, but I would like to know they have a good home. The brothers were from Andrews, North Carolina, and I do believe the awards would have come from the Western North Carolina area. . It is possible the medals were disposed of when their parents died and the home was cleaned out. I would appreciate any information!
  8. That is an Air Force ML-3 Long Range Survival Kit Container. They were not a rigger made item. There was a small label on the side of the later ones. That bag was also used for the SAC E-1 kit in the early 1950's. Look at the snaps and see if there is a date on them. It is hard to tell shades of sage green and OD Green from photos. If there is no date or makers markings on the snaps, it is possible it is a very early bag. The Original SAC bags were speced not to have any Manufacturers markings, part numbers, inspectors stamps, or anything like that. After the components were put in the bag, it was laced shut through the row of grommets on the front and back. The shoulder straps were also tucked inside the kit. That is why there is a slot. After landing, the cord was removed and the contained became a backpack. Below is a picture of the label on a '84 dated contract.
  9. Sharpie's have an alcohol based ink. I have had reasonable luck using alcohol to remove "permanent" marker ink. Start small, alcohol on a rag, and see if you have any success. I have put the area with the marker on it in a container of alcohol for a day or two. Mohawk, Were you asking about the one Papas posted or the one I posted the label of?
  10. Maybe a little late, but here is a picture of a label.
  11. He posted the same request in the Aircraft Instruments and Ejection Seats section of the Vehicles, Aircraft, and Ships Forum. I believe he got what he was looking for through that post. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/341238-sa-20-seat-parachute-help-needed/&do=findComment&comment=2742223
  12. You should have 3 emails from me with the chapter on the Seat Style Automatic Parachute and a couple of other chapters you may need or find informative. I have always found that if I try to help somebody out, somebody always comes along and helps me out. I look at trying to help you as an investment in my future!!!
  13. The parachute manual I have lists two seat style chutes, "Seat Style Parachute (Automatic) Part No. 50C7025-20 and Seat Style Parachute Assembly (Nonautomatic) Part No. 50C7025-21. If either of those are what you are looking for, send me your email address and I will scan and email it to you.
  14. Here is a typical setup. The snap is a storage/safety feature moving the chute around. It is uncool to be walking around and to get your zero delay lanyard hung on something and your chute come popping out the back...
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