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  1. The white machine is what I was describing! If you cut away the material covering the terminals, there are 2 wires under one of the terminals and a single wire under the other. No matter what the origin of the handle, those old twist machines are fun to use!
  2. Those blasting machines were also used in tanks as a back up firing mechanism. There were wire leads with a plug on them in that configuration attached to the posts and encapsulated in a rubber material. If you cut away the rubber material and unscrewed the wires from the posts, you had a standard blasting machine. I think some had a different handle than the standard machine. The ones in tanks were usually had the casing painted white, but at someone could have repainted it. Could this be one of them?
  3. You are correct, training aids made on the base. A lot of, if not all, bases have training aids shops that make all kinds of items.
  4. That is very likely from a 1967 contract dated SEEK 2 kit supplied by ACR Electronics. It would have been sealed in a green plastic pouch in the kit. The bottom photo is a bottle out of the pouch. The 1968 kits had the Leech Repellant in green plastic bottles
  5. Does anyone have a copy of a late 1950's - early 1960's TO 14S1-3-51 they will share? I am also looking for a copy of Chapter 10 of the 23 February 1968, TO 14S1-3-51 without any changes covering Survival Vests and Chaps. I have 19 December 1955, Revised 19 April 1956, 23 February 1968 through Change 11 dated 15 October 1972, 15 October 1981 through Change 49 dated 1 December 1997, and 30 November 1998 without any changes, of TO 14S1-3-51, if any of these will help anyone. Thanks!
  6. There are a couple of different YouTube videos of people opening them that I have seen. The top one has better shots of the markings and labels on the bag. Both cans are marked MIL-B-830 which Cap Camouflage Pattern I pointed out were packed about a year before the MIL-B-6556 spec was issued. I would love to see an opened MIL-B-6556 can. The spec says they contain an M-1949 bag also. The spec for the SAC E-1 kit (MIL-S-6216A) called for an all down M-1949 bag , rather than the usual down - feather mix, to be vacuum sealed in a plastic film then a Metalam outer pouch. Were these all down b
  7. I will be glad to take some measurements of the battery, but below is a link to one Flighthelmets.com has for sale. It might be cheaper to buy an original than make a dummy one.. https://www.flighthelmet.com/product/SURV-1086.html
  8. The mittens have a 1980 contract date and the parka a 1979 contract date, so 1980's.
  9. During that period, the Air Force bought a lot of items "lock & key" complete. I don't specifically know about seats, but I have pubs that say survival kits will be furnished by the contractor. These kits were supplied complete and packed with gear specified by the Air Force up to and including including M-4 survival rifles. From this, it isn't too much of a stretch to think Boeing had the contract to supply the complete aircraft, Boeing contracted Webber for the seats, ergo, Boeing is the customer, not the Air Force...
  10. The MC-1 sleeping bag was used in several configurations. The same bag was used as a "Folded and Tufted" bag as part of the seat cushion in at least the F-106 ejection seat. Below are photos of the folded and tufted bag, the label inside a couple of different MC-1's, and another configuration of the MC-1 where it was vacuum packed to go in the rear compartment of certain seat survival kits.
  11. MIL-B-6556 deals with how a sleeping bag is packed into a metal container. The spec deals with the type of metal the container is made from, the size and shape of the container, the color it is to be painted, how it is to be labeled, and how the bag is to be folded and vacuum sealed in a plastic sleeve before it is placed in the can. The only reference to the sleeping bag used in the spec says "The sleeping bag conforming to MIL-B-830, Type I, Large, without carrying case, shall be folded back and forth in layer form and inserted in the plastic sleeve and the ends sealed." (MIL-B-830 Type 1
  12. I have never been sure of the history of the MIL-B-830 labeled bags. MIL-B-830 is the 25 July 1949 spec that covered the M-1949 sleeping bag. MIL-B-10721 (QMC) dated 22 November 1950 has "used in lieu of MIL-B-830" on it. The can dated April 16th 1951 is labeled "Bag, Sleeping Mountain, (MIL-B-830) Vacuum Packed". MIL-B-6556 calls for the can to be labeled "Bag Sleeping, Vacuum Packed Specification MIL-B-6556". I wonder if the MIL-B-830 bags were done prior to the MIL-B-6556 spec being issued? Were they a trial type of contract that worked well? Were they done before the bags became a sto
  13. To take this thread a little further, please post pictures of your 1950'e era vacuum packed sleeping bags. Does anyone have, or have seen a version labeled "Sleeping Bag, Vented Can Packed" "Specification MIL-B-6556A"? This one has the lid held on with a U shaped piece of wire and the lid doubles as a shovel. The lid will have a slot for a handle. Does anyone have a sleeping bag packed in a Metalam outer container that would have been packed in the early SAC E-1 kits. (Metalam is the cloth covered foil packing.) Finally, does anyone have any pictures of an M-1949 bag that came out of one
  14. 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 b
  15. 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.
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