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  1. FabberMcGee

    FabberMcGee New Member

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    I'm a new guy and just visiting here to try to find out what I have. A couple years ago I bought an old attachment from a carnival ride that was in the aluminum scrap pile at our local recycling yard. It may be that I even rode in it when I was a little kid in the early 60's. The carnies in this part of the world had a ride that was supposed to simulate riding in a bomb. It was a large rotating frame with seats for kids suspended underneath on 10 or 12 foot long cables. The ride would spin and centrifigal force would swing the seats outward for a couple minutes then they would stop and load up a different bunch of kids. The interesting part was the seats. They were made from what I believe were originally some sort of drop tanks or possibly bomb cases. I got it to use for the body of a leaning wheel sidecar (sidecar wheel is on paralell linkage to lean with the bike which allows the bike to lean either direction in a turn) for my Harley Softail custom. I'll try to post a couple photos and if anyone can tell me what this was and what plane it fit, I would sure appreciate it. Thanks, Gene
     

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    Looks like an external fuel pod to me, but there are guys here that know this stuff a lot better than I do.
     
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    Looks like an external fuel tank to me too, but judging by the size of it, I am guessing it is post war.
     
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    Wingtip tank maybe? f-84 or similair? Nice find all the same.
     
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    Might have started out that way. Any serial numbers - markings?
     
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    Could also be a cargo pod. Attach to a rack underneath for moving from one airbase to another? Strictly for moving personel affects and the like.

    Just throwing it out there.
     
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    I've seen quite a few photos of early drop tank based streamliners at Bonneville and El Mirage in Hot Rod Magazine over the years. That's what made this thing look so cool to me when I saw it on the scrap pile. I haven't given it a very close inspection. I just put it in the attic of my storage shed to keep it from deteriorating further until I get around to using it. I don't recall any markings, but they would have been painted over by the carnies anyway unless there is something inside. Maybe I'll have a chance for a quick look tomorrow. It'll have to be a quick look, because it's -24F out there now. I'll see if I can get some new photos too.
     
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