WACO Tow cable

Gary Cain

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Never seen one of these before. I just bought the estate from a WWII glider pilot and this is one of the artifacts he kept. It's either from his first successful launch, or D-Day.

Not sure which one.
 

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Gary Cain

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Nov 25, 2022
I'm not sure what the length is, to be honest. I think it is part of the cable, not the whole thing. I need to find the manual for them.

I have a huge mass of paperwork to go through. He also had two of the portholes. One of which was turned into a picture frame.

Never seen any of those either.

And definitely not newish. Been in his footlocker for 75ish years. It was at the bottom.

Everything above is absolutely period.
 

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Denny G

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Never seen one of these before. I just bought the estate from a WWII glider pilot and this is one of the artifacts he kept. It's either from his first successful launch, or D-Day.

Not sure which one.
Could it be a weak link? Glider tow lines in modern days have a weak link attached or built in so that in case of accidental restraint, the tow rope will set the two planes apart. Or, maybe it is just a keep sake example?
 

Gary Cain

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Nov 25, 2022
Could it be a weak link? Glider tow lines in modern days have a weak link attached or built in so that in case of accidental restraint, the tow rope will set the two planes apart. Or, maybe it is just a keep sake example?
I think you may be on to something. There is a picture online that shows one end of this attached to the tow plane. I believe you are correct that this is a breakaway in case of emergency.
 

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