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…and finally, here’s the breathing air bottle holder back in place in the void under the main spar. Accessed only by removing the seat and opening the little access hatch seen to the right, we’re not convinced that there actually was a bottle fitted by 1967; certainly, Donald only wore his mask for communication as the regulator was long gone and there was nothing for him to actually plug his breathing tube into. (Post-crash footage of a floating item actually shows a boat fender, often mistaken for an air bottle)

          

    

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