A visitor recently arrived on my blog by using Google to ask “what’s the pointy thing on the CF104 Starfighter”. It was a good question, so I posted the answer: it’s a pitot tube.
Here’s some more pitot tubes, all on airplanes in the air park at the National Air Force Museum Of Canada, and pointed out by little buddy, railway Monkey.
Above, the pitot tube is protected by a cover, and below, the cover is off, showing the central hole in the tube. If the hole gets clocked by debris the pitot tube will not work, which is bad news for the pilot.
Below, the airplane refuelling probe – it looks cool but it is not a pitot tube.
more pictures of pitot tubes and the airplanes that they are on are in a girlgeekcat album…