I am doing research on the F6F-5 cockpit and I noticed a pump/lever on the right side of the seat. What is this lever?
Also, I don't see this lever in all Hellcat cockpit photos.
Was this lever only in the F6F-5 (late version)?
This winter during the 50 hour inspection of the Lancaster, I got suckered into operating the hand pump while we adjusted the flaps.
It's a couple of hundred pumps to raise OR lower the flaps. To make my life more enjoyable the pump makes a terrible screeching sound and the inside of the Lanc quickly turns into a sweatbox.
That being said, I get to work on and fly in a Lancaster!!
Certified Plastic Smasher.