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Details about  Vintage WWII USAAF Aviator Pilot Bailout Oxygen Bottle P-51 B-17 Flying Flight

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Vintage WWII USAAF Aviator Pilot Bailout Oxygen Bottle P-51 B-17 Flying Flight
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Item condition:
Used

BOTTLE WITH CANVAS STORAGE POUCH, BOTH IN GOOD CONDITION, SOLD AS DISPLAY ITEMS ONLY DUE TO

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17 Aug, 2013 19:47:01 BST
Winning bid:
US $133.05
Approximately £82.65(including postage)
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Will post to United Kingdom. Read item description or contact seller for postage options. | See details
Item location:
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, United States

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eBay item number:
111141280651
Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.

Item specifics

Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller notes: BOTTLE WITH CANVAS STORAGE POUCH, BOTH IN GOOD CONDITION, SOLD AS DISPLAY ITEMS ONLY DUE TO AGE/POSSIBLE DAMAGE...BOTTLE SHOWS SOME RUST,PAINT LOSS AND COLOR FADING. HOSE AND MOUTHPIECE HAVE BEEN REPLACED TO SPEC WITH PERIOD-CORRECT MATERIALS. VALVE OPENS AND CLOSES FREELY. STORAGE POUCH MARKED 'H-2' BUT FITS THIS BOTTLE PERFECTLY. THE POUCH IS IN EXCELLENT, OLD-STOCK CONDITION WITH NO DAMAGE AND ALL STRAPS INTACT. PLEASE SEE LISTING TEXT AND ENLARGE ALL PHOTOS FOR SPECIFIC DETAILS REGARDING THESE ITEMS
Country of Manufacture:

United States

BOMBER FIGHTER PILOT SURVIVAL:

VINTAGE OXYGEN CYLINDER

Up for auction here is a very hard to find Army Air Force "bailout bottle", which was designed to give pilots the means to survive a parachute descent from high altitudes.

This is a model H-1 bottle, which was introduced in 1941 and declared obsolete in 1945. This example is date-stamped March 1944 and has a nice "been there" look to it or, as some might say, "salty".

The H-1 could hold 1800 psi of air, or enough for about 10 minutes of breathing. The apparatus featured a manually-operated valve on top and a flexible tube ending in a "pipe stem" that the aviator held in his mouth.  The canvas bottle pouch was either sewn onto the aviator's flight suit or tied onto the thigh using the attached straps.  The final photos I show are from C.G. Sweeting's superb reference for collectors "Combat Flying Equipment".  They depict how the H-1 was intended to be worn and used. 

This example of the H-1 is in good used condition.  Aside from rust and paint loss/color fading, the bottle is sound, but probably should not be re-pressurized due to age and the aforementioned rusting...The valve knob rotates freely. 
The bottle's original latex rubber hose and wooden pipe stem mouthpiece have been replaced to spec, using period-correct materials. The stem on the mouthpiece has intentionally not been drilled completely through to prevent this item's use as a lifesaving device, which it is not!  I am selling this for display only, not for actual useThe pressure gauge is intact. The bottle is empty, so it can be shipped anywhere in the world.  The gauge lens shows light scratches and yellowing from use and age.  

Also included is a canvas storage pouch for the bottle.  The pouch is quite sound and extremely clean with no damage and the printing on it remains quite legible.  All straps are present and remain strong. The pouch is actually for an even harder to find H-2 bottle, but is from the period and fits the bottle perfectly.  


No vintage aviation collection would be complete without one of these!  Bailout bottles are getting
very
difficult to find.

Please be sure to check out my other auctions to see them and more vintage aviation items.


Important Warranty, Wearability and Return Information:

I warrant this item to be as represented via the text and photographs used in this listing, but I do not warrant the item to fit the user or that its components will not fail if used. 

I do my best to describe my items as completely as possible, warts and all.  Any modifications or other alterations of which I am aware are fully disclosed in the textual and/or photographic portions of the listing. The rule of thumb is, what you see is what you get.  I cannot describe what I cannot see.  Sometimes I will posit an opinion with regard to areas of potential concern based on past experience.  But I do not have a crystal ball.  I do not 'stress test' the antiques I sell, some of which are nearly a century old,  and I cannot predict how well an item that might have been made while horses were still being used in battle will hold up to actual use today.  My items are acquired from a range of sources, and in all but the rarest of cases will I have some knowledge as to how it has been used, abused, and under what conditions it has been stored, all of which may adversely effect the item's performance if subjected to use by its new owner.  

Many vintage flying helmets appear like they can still be worn today.  But for how long, by whom, and under what conditions, is an open question.  Seams bound by cotton thread could fail and snaps could break free due to stress and/or corrosion. Fabrics, including leather, could literally disintegrate due to age, use, and/or poor storage conditions over time.  Rubber components that appear pristine could literally crumble into dust if flexed.   For these reasons, the buyer assumes sole responsibility for any damage to the item or injury to his person that may occur if the item is used for any manner other than static display.   

In other words, you are purchasing the item as-is, not as it could be, or how it might have been when first manufactured, and I will only accept a return if I have made an egregious error in its depiction.  As you might imagine, I work very diligently to avoid such errors, for your benefit and for mine.


IMPORTANT:  The buyer should recognize that the item(s) advertised herein is being sold as-is, with all sales being final, and so is strongly encouraged by the seller to ask any and all questions he or she might have before bidding, not after.

 Shipping and postage:

Payment is due within 48 hours from the auction's end. I ship only once every week on Wednesdays, so payment must be in my hands no later than Tuesday evening (U.S. Central Time) in order to be shipped in a timely manner.  Any delays in payment may result in a one-week delay in shipping. If shipment is delayed due to inclement weather, I will notify the buyer by e-mail and will ship at my next soonest opportunity.

Postage SEE LISTING. Overseas bidders are responsible for all duty that may be owed.  I report actual values on customs forms, so please do not request I do otherwise.  Given these items' value, insurance is mandatory to all destinations.  Shipments outside the continental United States must include tracking, which unfortunately costs more but conforms with eBay seller requirements.




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