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TreyB

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I found this clasp at a 1950's crash site and can't quite put my finger on what it is, although I feel as if I've seen one of these before. It looks vaguely familiar... It is about 3 inches long and is opened by squeezing the 2 sides and sliding the loop away from the fastener. It is clearly not a highly technical component manufactured at an aircraft plant....My thought is that it could be a flight jacket zipper pull. Has anyone seen one of these?

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Civilian airliner?  For curtain between sections of cabin?  (I wanted to say shower curtain loop [smile], but it looks like it may actually be for a curtain).  My guess,   Dennis
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Dennis, you're right, it does look like a shower curtain loop. However, it was military- this came from a Corsair crash.

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Almost looks like something you'd hang your gear on in the ready room or a locker.

Maybe he forgot to take it off his Mae West or oxy mask or whatever.
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I think it is for oxygen hose to the mask
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Maybe it clamped to the oxy hose and then you could run your headset or helmet comm wires through the smaller hole.
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The smaller hole would be to hang up the hose
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FWIW, I looked at several oxygen mask pics and didn't see anything like it.  Maybe I should google "Corsair shower curtain".
I would think, like Chris, that the smaller loop would be for wires, and the longer end might be for hanging up.
Also, is this a "bent wing" Corsair or the jet (50s - and either might count).  D.
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Dennis-
This was an early 1950's prop F4U crash that was fatal to the pilot. Perhaps this was the rare Vaught model with the sit-down shower behind the cockpit? Pilots get sweaty after long flights and there's nothing like a quick shower to freshen up for the flight home.[rolleyes]
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Just occurred to me what it looks like.    My clothes dryer vent hose tension clamp!

I noticed some of these pilots have their oxy hoses clamped or tied, maybe to lessen the dangle before they strap in.

Could be to clamp the regulator hose to the oxy hose on the A-13 mask when it is stowed on the shelf.

I cant tell if that is a similar clamp on the bailout bottle or if it's just tied with cord.


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Chris-
I believe you are on to something here, looks like this could be it.  Good research here. I'll have to Google this and do more research.
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Yes, oxygen hose clam and clip. 
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That is what I said,
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We are all in agreement.   [smile]
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