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worker, cigar in mouth, having a lighter moment in one of Kingman's light bombers...
This mangled stainless steel assembly was found during a 1980s Kingman junkyard trek and once I had access to the proper Douglas Parts Manual, it was learned to be the Carburetor Air Scoop Adapter SUPPORT ASSY from the engine cowl of an
And despite all it's gone through since being
manufactured 70+ years ago in Santa Monica, California, this remnant from one of Douglas' speedy Light Bombers still bears an anonymous factory Inspector's directions:
CLEAN FILINGS FROM DOOR
- INSP # 31
In this close-up, one can make out some of the faint, handwritten message to assembly line workers.
Quite amazing, considering the decades of
scorching summers, frigid winters and
countless wind-blown days it spent laying
fully exposed to those extreme elements in
that Arizona junkyard...
With all this in mind, I do have one question...
Who was the Douglas, Santa Monica
inspector with Badge #31?!
This page from the A-20 Parts Manual shows where the above Assembly was located on the Engine Cowl:
Among other surviving Kingman parts are these Hydraulic Cylinders that once controlled the Bomb Bay Doors and Wing Flaps of Douglas Havocs:
. . . plus this unused Wing Pylon for hanging bombs . . .
. . . and/or Smoke Tanks when used with the 2 steel castings above that are marked:
HANGER - CHEM. TANK
With the Havoc's internal BOMB AND CHEMICAL
and up to 4 additional Smoke Tanks slung under the wings, this Light Bomber had the tactical capability of laying down smokescreens used to conceal Allied maneuvers:
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