Old planes question

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  1. Fat Controller

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    Since our various museum visits over the holidays (still need to finish the review threads!), I have been wondering about something that I have spotted a few times and it came up again today in a YouTube video so I pinched a screengrab.

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    Looking at the top of the plane in the image, there is a wire that seems to run from teh cockpit to the front of the plane, then back to the back - what is it for? I initially thought it must be to do with the rudder, but couldn't work out how it would articulate both direction if it was?
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I'm thinking some kind of aerial:smile:
     
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      Ah, I never thought of radio!
       
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        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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        Control wires would all be internal in that kind of plane I would think.
         
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          Yep, it's a radio aerial of the wire that gave a broader band, but fairly quickly gave way to the fixed aerial.:cat-kittyandsmiley::coffee:
           
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