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RFC Message Streamer - Click for the bigger picture

RFC Message Streamer

An original and scarce example in first class condition. The streamer features a small pouch to one end in which a lead weight would have been placed together with a message and this would have been dropped from early aircraft to allied troops to pass on messages. Prior to the age of radio signals, this was the only way airmen could communicate with ground based personnel and used extensively during WWI to pass on information such as enemy troop positions, strength or activity. The blue, yellow and red coloured segments are still vibrant with no sign of moth or other damage. An extremely attractive item from the very early days of aviation. Measures 58" (147cm)