Volume 12 Number 2/3
October, 1996

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Navigator’s Bookcase Sheet of aluminum with red paint Cut Strip of Aluminum Aluminum Plate
Dado Aircraft Skin Aluminum Comb Riveted Assembly
Channel Section Cables Plexiglas Aircraft Safety Wire
Thermometer, broken Threaded metal cap Shoe parts Artifact 2-2-G-8, Shoe heel
[?] Cut Strip of Aluminum (TIGHAR Artifact 2-3)
Date Found: October 1989 during TIGHAR’s NIKU I expedition. strip
Materials analysis: NTSB
Report date: March 5, 1992
Description: This is a 14 inch long by 1/2 inch wide strip of .040 inch nominal thickness aluminum alloy (Alclad). The strip has a manufactured edge along one side and an unidentified edge separation along the other side that intersects a line of 4/32 inch diameter holes The holes are nominally spaced 3/4 inch on center. The strip is deformed in a spiraling curl suggestive of the waste side strip produced from cutting with a pair of tin snips.
Condition: One end of the strip exhibits exfoliated corrosion.
Identification: unknown
Commentary: Nowhere on a Lockheed Model 10 are there #4 rivets so closely spaced. The only other artifact found on Nikumaroro which exhibited exfoliated corrosion is Riveted Assembly 2-2-V-8, a known B-24 part.

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