L007763 INFLATABLE LIFEBOAT, SAFETY LINE POCKET. (Haltleine für Schlauchboot)

BACKGROUND: Inflatable lifeboats were an essential component of survival/emergency gear for all aircraft that were required to fly over large bodies of water. The inflatable lifeboats came in three different sizes depending on the type and size of the aircraft that it was to be utilized with. The larger bombers were equipped with six to ten person capacity lifeboats, while smaller bombers and dual seater aircraft were equipped with two to four person capacity lifeboats and single seater fighter aircraft were outfitted with a single man capacity boat. The single man boat for fighter aircraft was attached to the back flap of the pilot’s parachute. The boats were stored in the appropriate sized canvas carrying/storage case with additional survival and emergency accessories. The boats were equipped with a metal container of pressurized air or carbonic acid to inflate the boat as required and came with an additional bellows for manual inflation. Other accessories included collapsible oars, patch repair kit, bailing pail, emergency rations, a recognition flag, emergency signaling equipment and assorted ropes and lines. This example appears to be a compartment for a safety line intended for a multi-person lifeboat.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 7 1/2", (19cm), tall, 9 1/2", (24cm), wide, vulcanized, yellow rubber construction panel with a roughly, 5 3/8", (13.5cm), tall, 7 1/4", (18.5cm), wide vulcanized, green rubber compartment with machine stitched, side and bottom seams and an open top with a tunnel looped, alloy spring. The stitched on compartment has three, evenly spaced, cut-out, circular, drain holes near the bottom edge. The yellow panel has black printed script, positioned just above the stitched on compartment, consisting of, "haltleine zum Anbinden bei kentergefahr", (Stop line for tying up when in danger of capsizing). The yellow base panel has an unknown handwritten numeral, "10". The reverse of the yellow base panel has a black rubber reinforcement panel, machine stitched to the reverse of the green rubber compartment. The black reinforcement panel has two, faint, illegible, purple inkstamps. The whole panel is in overall very good condition with minimal age toning. It appears the panel was intended to be glued into a life boat and this example appears to have never been used.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $30.00

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