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  • lanners55
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2010
    • 100

    Help Wanted to Identify Spade Grip

    Gentlemen. I recently acquired this at auction, some of you may have seen it but does anyone know what it's from? Clearly it has never been fitted with a gun firing button.

    The stampings appear to read CH179 and B7074

    Best regards,

    Simon
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  • Rocketeer
    trying harder
    • Jan 2005
    • 5243

    #2
    it is very like my Barracuda column. It look like an AH800. Glad someone got it!
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    • JDH1976
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jul 2012
      • 200

      #3
      I think Battle's were fitted with that sort of grip too.

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      • lanners55
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2010
        • 100

        #4
        Originally posted by JDH1976 View Post
        I think Battle's were fitted with that sort of grip too.
        Many thanks gentlemen, I appreciate your input.

        I can't find anything to suggest AH800 which is what I find odd. It really would appear to be CH179.

        Best regards,

        Simon

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        • battle
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Aug 2006
          • 319

          #5
          Originally posted by JDH1976 View Post
          I think Battle's were fitted with that sort of grip too.
          Not Battle , the battle used AH2040 and in the rear cockpit on dual control version there is no provision for brake lever on the grip.

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          • lanners55
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2010
            • 100

            #6
            Gentlemen.

            Since I posted this I have found further markings which I hope may help. AH10007 and it is a Dunlop grip.

            Any further idea what this may be from?

            Best regards,

            Simon

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            • Gin Ye Daur
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Feb 2011
              • 387

              #7
              Looking at the original pictures of the column, it strikes me that the brake lever seems to be more suited to a 'left hand' use. That in itself is unusual, n'est pas?

              GYD

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              • Rocketeer
                trying harder
                • Jan 2005
                • 5243

                #8
                The interesting thing is the CH number where normally an AH number would be. Im thinking a Dunlop grip intended for a Foreign Air arm
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                • lanners55
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2010
                  • 100

                  #9
                  Very interesting about the left hand brake lever, a good spot. So perhaps something with the throttle lever(s) or a throttle quadrant on the right ? AND no gun button.

                  Thanks for you input so far gentlemen

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                  • Rocketeer
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                    • Jan 2005
                    • 5243

                    #10
                    The column has a large number of DH De Havilland inspector stamps. There are also stamps starting 79. The addition of a brake lever suggests an upgrade
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                    • Rocketeer
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                      • Jan 2005
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                      #11
                      Im wondering if it is from a DH93 Don that was a side by side configuration aircraft.
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                      • Rocketeer
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                        • Jan 2005
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                        #12
                        Does anyone have a photo of a DH93 Don Cockpit please? My theory.....the throttles in the middle would have the instructor in the LHS with his right hand on the throttle and left hand on the grip, hence reversed brake lever. The student would have conventionally configured throttle and grip
                        nope not that one! It had a R22 type column that could be used by either sear......grrr! So need to find aircraft that De Havilland made under licence or made parts for
                        Last edited by Rocketeer; 12th February 2019, 18:15.
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                        • Rocketeer
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                          • Jan 2005
                          • 5243

                          #13
                          Highly likely no one is interested in this thread now, but I have completed identification of the column and the grip. As I suspected, it is from the extinct DH93 Don aircraft. It was a side by side cockpit. The brake lever being operable by the left hand (unique in the Dunlop spade grip world) is down to the throttle being on the right for the LH pilot (instructor side) and conventional on RH student side. The proof in the pudding as they say is the plethora of De Havilland stamps and the number 793 starting each part number. For example, 793077. For a DH aircraft of that era, the first digit denotes the system, the next are the model number. So in this case, the 7 denotes fly8ng controls and the 93 denotes the model number which is the Don. If any modeller stumbles on this, the control column has black satin over the original cockpit green.
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                          • Wyvernfan
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                            • Oct 2007
                            • 5885

                            #14
                            Good detective work, Rocketeer.
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                            • ian_
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                              • May 2007
                              • 1953

                              #15
                              Excellent result, I had to google the type. Certainly an interesting aircraft.

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                              • Rocketeer
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                                • Jan 2005
                                • 5243

                                #16
                                Embarrassingly, I had never heard of it, but it was a pretty aircraft. Quite futuristic for the time
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