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 Heat Shield Aircraft Skin
Aluminum Comb Riveted Assembly Channel Section Cables Plexiglas Aircraft Safety Wire
[?] Aluminum Comb (TIGHAR Artifact 2-2-V-5)
Date Found:
Materials analysis:
Report date:
October 1991 during TIGHAR’s NIKU II expedition.
NTSB
March 5, 1990
Description: combThe comb is crudely formed with parallel saw cuts separating the teeth. It is 3 and 7/8 inches long by 1 and 3/8 inches wide and is made from 0.032 Alclad sheet. Three 3/32 inch diameter holes are nominally spaced 1 and 7/8 inches apart.
Condition: Although broken, the comb exhibits little or no damage from corrosion.
Commentary: The fashioning of such combs from aircraft aluminum was not uncommon in post-war Polynesia. Combs are specifically mentioned in the one account we have of the local use made of the crash at Sydney Island. When shown a photograph of this artifact, a former resident of Nikumaroro attributed it to the Sydney crash. Nowhere on a Lockheed 10 are #3 rivets found spaced 1 7/8 inches apart in 0.032 skin.
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