May 22, 2011

Guessing Game anyone?

Is anyone up for a guessing game?


Please notice that word "Guess" in there... If you already know what the item in the following photo is all about and what it was used for, then don't spoil the fun.... for at least a day or two. Thanks.

Somehow I never knew anything about this intriguing doodad or the many related versions until a friend emailed me the link this week.

So let your imagination go wild a little ... see what you come up with. The grand prize: An all expense-paid trip to wherever you want to go (at your own expense, of course).

The only clue for now: It IS aviation-oriented.


8 comments:

Mulli said...

I'm guessing some sort of weather-altering technology. I think they're for shooting chemicals into the atmosphere to dissipate weather.

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5400AirportRdSouth said...

I'm going with the grand-daddy of the ILS, its the TLS, Tuba-Landing-System. Fall below glideslope and the D-Minor Tuba's let out a 200 decibel tone. Half a dot above and its a B-Flat that will knock your hat off!

For my serious guess, I'm going with elaborate foghorn?

Anonymous said...

Airshow music? They are proabably huge trombones and tubas that play loudly enough that the pilots (before electronic radios) could hear the music and keep in time with it... ;-)

Frank Van Haste said...

I think Mulli is close...but I'll guess it's an attempt to use acoustic energy to dissipate fog at the aerodrome. (If you yell at the clouds loudly enough maybe you'll scare them away!)

Brett Lykins said...

it is an aircraft detection system used by the Japanese Air Force during world war II.

Tony in Devon said...

Providing music to lonely balloonists who couldn't take gramophones aloft in their baskets.

Anonymous said...

Yes - for detecting approaching aircraft:

Here's a link to several other similar devices...

Who knew! I just hope for the sake of the operator's ears that no one in the listening zone had to suddenly sneeze!

Aluwings