Seat identification...Aviation ?

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  1. Geedee

    Geedee Well-Known Member

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    Hi chaps.

    Was wondering if any of you guru's out there might be able to help me to identify a seat I have.

    I am sure its aviation related because of the overall size and the two 'rings' for a lap belt. The seat padding is the old 'horse hair' and the seat covering is leather...very old I might add !

    Now here's the rub...its not made of ali, it appears to be a thin steel. To me this rules out anything WW2 so was wondering if its might be from WW1...observers seat maybe ?

    I have no intention of moving it on, I want to try to 'stabilise' the seat to stop it continuing to decompose. It just oozes an interesting career that I know I have absolutely no way of tracking, but to me, it cant just be scrapped !. I'm not bothered even if turns out to belong to an old tractor or car or whatever, I'm still going to keep it

    Any ideas ?
     

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    Looks way too heavly built for anything out of a airplane, plus those belt loops are too high for a lap belt, but too low for a shoulder harness.

    This is just a wild guess, a vertigo simulator ?? They'd spin you in it until you inner ear was completely confused, the belt went across the center of your chest to keep you from falling out of it while being spun. I've seen one made out of a office chair, it just had a big ring around the outside for your " friends" to spin you till you puked. Just a guess.
     
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    It looks rather like a navigators seat from either a Whitley, Wellington or similar, even though it's not alloy.
     
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    I'm not sure on the aircraft type, but I've seen that style of seat somewhere, in an early WW2 British aircraft. The base shows a pintle, meaning that the seat would have swivelled at one time, which makes me think Navigator. That said, I also remember old chairs in the guard's (brake) van on the old steam railways, which looked very similar.
     
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    It certainly is interesting.
     
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    That it is... (don't think it's from a Wellington, btw)
     
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