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RAF Blackburn Iris Flying Boat, Radio Trailing Aer

A rare early 1920's, RAF Flying Boat, Blackburn Iris (only five aircraft ever built) Radio Operators trailing aerial unit.

This fine unit has a Tuffnol material drum to hold the aerial cable (cable not included).
This is mounted on a ratchet system fixed to an alloy frame.
The ratchet allows the cable release free movement and it also provides a brake as well as a pawl for measured cable release and retraction.

Stamped in to the casting is - Type No.124.
On the top of the frame is a brass instruction plate with an item No.3184 stamped.

The unit is in excellent working condition.

Size, drum 8 ", frame 10 x 6".