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Philflyer06/07/2018 09:28:30
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pt19.jpgCan anyone tell me what that unusual looking construction is on top of the fuselage of the Fairchild PT19, directly in front of the instructors windshield? When I first saw it in pictures I thought it might be an anchor for wing bracing wires as early monoplanes sometimes have. After finding better pictures I could see there are no wire braces at all on this aircraft. Anyone know?

Edited By Philflyer on 06/07/2018 09:37:09

Bob Cotsford06/07/2018 09:33:30
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Is it a periscope to see where his pupil is steering him?

No, looks more like a rollbar.

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 06/07/2018 09:37:19

Philflyer06/07/2018 09:41:03
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Bob, the periscope is a sensible idea, but it looks very substantial for something like that. It could be a roll bar.

Edited By Philflyer on 06/07/2018 09:43:25

Manish Chandrayan06/07/2018 09:48:40
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Very much a roll bar but could also double up as periscope if flown (sailed/swam) under water wink 2

Cuban806/07/2018 09:49:40
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Yep, a roll bar to protect pilot and instructor according to Professor Google!

Philflyer06/07/2018 10:25:38
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Thanks everyone. Cuban 8 - what did you google to get the truth? I tried all sorts of questions and got nothing.

Manish, I'm still giggling!

Edited By Philflyer on 06/07/2018 10:27:34

Peter Miller06/07/2018 10:55:42
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Also known as a crash pylon

Don Fry06/07/2018 11:24:35
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I had an Apache Aviation model of that machine, 44, til my mate collided with it. The instructor was decapitated in the contact with earth.

Martian06/07/2018 21:29:49
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Use one from an F1 car

Erfolg06/07/2018 22:05:35
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If you Google the PT19. Images, you will find some with the roll bar removed.

I fly my PT19 without one.


The pilot never seems to worry.

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