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  NEW (NIB) USAF LRU-1/P 7 MAN SURVIVAL LIFE RAFT
 
 
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NEW (NIB) USAF LRU-1/P 7 MAN SURVIVAL LIFE RAFT. THIS IS AN UNISSUED (NEW IN THE BOX)  U.S.A.F. LRU 1/P 7 MAN SURVIVAL LIFE RAFT. THIS RAFT COMES WITH A NEW MILITARY HAND PUMP AND 4 G.I. COLLAPSIBLE PADDLES.  THIS TYPE OF MILITARY COLLECTIBLE IS A HARD TO FIND, NEW IN THE BOX UNISSUED MILITARY AIR FORCE LRU-1/P 7 MAN INFLATABLE LIFE RAFT THAT I PURCHASED AT A GOVERNMENT AUCTION.  I AM  ALSO INCLUDING A NEW MILITARY PNEUMATIC AIR HAND PUMP AND 4 EXCELLENT CONDITION BREAK DOWN MILITARY LIFE RAFT PADDLES.  THE MANUFACTURER DATE OF THE RAFT IS SEPTEMBER 2003.  AT THAT TIME, THE GOVERNMENT’S PURCHASE PRICE FROM THE MANUFACTURER (PATTEN CO. INC.) FOR THIS LIFE RAFT WAS $3130.00.  THE LIFE RAFT WITHOUT ANY ACCESSORIES WEIGHS 40 lbs.

THIS LIFE RAFT WAS DESIGNED TO BE USED BY AIR CREWMEN IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.  IT IS MADE UP OF A 2 CHAMBER MAIN TUBE WITH AN ATTACHED INFLATABLE SEAT.  THE FLOOR IS NON-INFLATABLE AND IS ATTACHED TO THE BOTTOM OF THE MAIN TUBE AND INFLATABLE SEAT.  THE RAFT COMES WITH A SEA ANCHOR, WHICH IS USED TO RETARD DRIFTING.  A LIFELINE (30 FT. OF NYLON CORD, WHICH ALSO SERVES AS A RIGHTING LINE), A SUPPLY POCKET, AND A COMBINATION SUPPLY BAG AND BAILER ARE ATTACHED TO THE MAIN TUBE.  BOARDING HANDLES ARE ATTACHED TO THE MAIN TUBE AND FLOOR AND RIGHTING HANDLES ARE ATTACHED TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE FLOOR.  THE RAFTS NON-INFLATED DIMENSIONS ARE 58 INCHES IN WIDTH (AT THE BEAM) AND 138 INCHES IN LENGTH.  THE TOPSIDE COLOR OF THE RAFT IS “INDIAN ORANGE” AND THE UNDERSIDE COLORS ARE GREY AND BLACK.  ALSO INCLUDED IS A NEW CARRY BAG TO STORE THE RAFT IN WHEN NOT IN USE.  IN FLIGHT APPLICATIONS, THIS BAG WOULD BE STOWED INSIDE THE FUSELAGE OR THE AIRCRAFT’S LIFE RAFT COMPARTMENT.

THE RAFT IS DESIGNED TO BE INFLATED EITHER BY A CO2 CYLINDER (WHICH IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION) OR MANUALLY.  I AM INCLUDING A NEW GOVERNMENT ISSUE HAND PUMP THAT IS MADE TO FIT THE INFLATION VALVES LOCATED ON THE MAIN TUBE AND ATTACHED SEAT.  THE PUMP IS SEALED IN ITS ORIGINAL PLASTIC BAG AND COMES WITH THE MANUFACTURER’S OPERATING, REPAIR, SERVICE, AND MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS.  THE PUMP WEIGHS 1 lb. 6 oz. AND ITS AIR CHAMBER IS 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER AND 10 INCHES LONG.

THIS SET INCLUDES 4 EXCELLENT CONDITION GOVERNMENT LIFE RAFT PADDLES.  EACH PADDLE BREAKS DOWN INTO 2 SECTIONS.  THE TOTAL LENGTH OF THE PADDLE IS 5 FT. LONG (BLADE SECTION BEING 28 INCHES AND THE SHAFT SECTION BEING 32 INCHES LONG).  THEY ARE CONSTRUCTED OF LIGHTWEIGHT AIRCRAFT ALUMINUM WITH A CORK INSERT CORE TO ALLOW THEM TO FLOAT.  THE METAL SHAFTS ARE WRAPPED IN RUBBER COATED COTTON WITH A WOODEN PALM GRIP AT THE END OF THE PADDLE.  THIS PROVIDES A GREAT GRIPPING SURFACE WHEN PADDLING THE RAFT BECOMES NECESSARY.  EACH PADDLE WEIGHS 1 lb. 9 oz.

AGAIN THIS UNIQUE MILITARY COLLECTIBLE 7 MAN LIFE RAFT IS A HARD TO FIND ITEM.  IT IS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND ONE THAT IS NEW CONDITION STILL IN ITS ORIGINAL UNOPENED GOVERNMENT BOX WITH A RELATIVELY CURRENT MANUFACTURE DATE.  UP UNTIL QUITE RECENTLY IT HAS BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S PRACTICE TO DESTROY ALL OF THEIR SURPLUS LIFE RAFTS DUE TO POTENTIAL PUBLIC LIABILITY ISSUES.
 

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