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Mtflyer

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Anybody have an idea what this part might be?  It was found at the site of a F-51H . It looks like a funnel which is crushed with a tube welded to it. Made from aluminum with an over length about a foot.

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I am just going to guess but that Packard had water injection; I have never seen a funnel like that for oil or coolant but for a non combustible liquid like water which would not need to be sealed off like hyd. fluid or oil, that funnel might have worked for a fill point.
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It's the pilot's relief tube (just kidding).

They wouldn't make a drop tank fill point (with a sealed cap?) like that would they?

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Searchmaster, I can see why it might be used for something like water, but the tube is only about 3/8" in diameter. It would be slow filling any size tank.

Chris, it almost does look like it could be relief tube, but it looks like it was permanently mounted.

I have a few books on P-51s, can't find anything that looks close to this. Forgot to mention that this plane bellied in and only the bottom side was damaged, leaving a 250 yard long trail of pieces.

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It looks like it is not a part of the original aircraft equipment. The weld looks too rough. I believe it was from the salvage crew. 
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It actually MIGHT JUST BE the relief tube (I jokingly thought the same thing on first seeing this post).  While doing a search for "P-51 relief tube", I found references to them, and a mention of an ALUMINUM relief tube found during a P39 recovery.  Not the most glamorous part of a Mustang (or Airacobra), but it definitely puts the P in pursuit.  Dennis  (now guess what I have to go do [smile].)
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Did some Google searching with "P-51 relief tube" a found a post on a message board where they said that the relief tube was an aluminum funnel. 

Also found a copy of the Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions for the P-51D and it said that "The P-51 relief tubes horn is stowed on a bracket on the floor to the left of the pilot's seat". 

Wasn't able to find a cockpit photo showing the funnel, but found a one on a modeler's site that shows the funnel on the model's floor.

Not a 100% sure, but for now I'm going with Chris's guess even if he was just kidding.

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Now that's funny.
You'd think it would need to be more flexible unless you just stuck it out the flare port on the left (#70).
You can see it labeled on this cockpit diagram (#67). Also a photo of the mounting bracket.
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I did see where it was attached to a hose that led out to the belly of the plane.  Honestly, a metal funnel doesn't spell "relief" to me.  This may be the most "unique" crash site find yet to come to this forum.  Dennis
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