Planes and pitot tubes

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.

CF 104 Starfighter,National Air Force Museum Of Canada,Ontario,8 Wing,CFB Trenton,Air Force,Quinte West,museum,education,railway monkey

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.

CF 104 Starfighter,National Air Force Museum Of Canada,Ontario,8 Wing,CFB Trenton,Air Force,Quinte West,museum,education,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.

CF 104 Starfighter,National Air Force Museum Of Canada,Ontario,8 Wing,CFB Trenton,Air Force,Quinte West,museum,education,railway monkey

Below, the airplane refuelling probe – it looks cool but it is not a pitot tube.

CF 104 Starfighter,National Air Force Museum Of Canada,Ontario,8 Wing,CFB Trenton,Air Force,Quinte West,museum,education,railway monkey 

more pictures of pitot tubes and the airplanes that they are on are in a girlgeekcat album…



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