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RAF Accumulator Trolley (Battery Start Cart)

DAYTON, Ohio -- RAF Accumulator Trolley (Battery Start Cart) on display in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- RAF Accumulator Trolley (Battery Start Cart) on display in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

These trolleys were a common sight at airfields around Britain during World War II. Both the Royal Air Force and U.S. Army Air Forces made use of battery carts to provide additional starting power for the piston engines of their combat aircraft. This particular trolley is equipped with an attached fire extinguisher and is of a type used by the RAF during the famous Battle of Britain.

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