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Help me identify this Aircraft seat please. WW2?


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#1 MacGyver

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 01:01 PM

I have an old aluminum aircraft seat.Made by Firestone Aviation Akron Ohio. In the early 60s my uncle was going to put it in a race car. I think it may be from a P39 or a P40, as I live very Buffalo and Niagara Falls.I have pictures to send to anyone that want to look. I would post them but I'm new here and don't know if I can or how to.
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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:34 AM

Hello "mcgyver",

Welcome to the av-madhouse. Hope you enjoy your stay here.

 

A couple of web-photos to start the discussion - does your seat look anything like these?

P-39Q

http://www.aircraftr...2-Bailey/37.jpg

 

P-40s

http://www.ipmsstock...tail_p40_10.jpg

 

http://www.shockwave...es/image007.jpg

 

https://www.asisbiz....dia-1943-01.jpg

 

Its quite a distinctive frame that the P-40 seat is attached to.

 

Regards,

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 02:37 PM

It looks alot like the first one but a smooth on the back. Not the ribs.

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:07 PM

Finally figured out how to add  pictures!

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#5 MacGyver

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Posted 27 December 2017 - 09:25 PM

There are pictures now please take a look.
Thank you and Happy New Year

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:23 PM

Hello Mac, Happy New Year.

 

I tried looking up the serial numbers on-line but the codes seem to point to military electrical systems via a google search.  The odd thing about the seat is that it doesn't seem to have a cut out slot to thread through a seat belt/harness, which eliminates a lot of single seater fighter seats.  It doesn't have the armchair "arm" support brackets or any evidence that they've been removed.  This, to me anyway, doesn't ring any bells as to a bomber seat.  Firestone made an awful lot of military components, so this could be a generic seat prior to installation of customised attachments for specific vehicles or aircraft.  Sorry, but not sure how much more help I can offer.

 

Good luck with the search.  Perhaps you could make a direct inquiry to Firestone.

 

...geoff



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 04:18 PM

Thanks for the help, wish I could figure it out so I can give it a proper home.




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