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Early Air Fills?

Discussion in 'History of Scuba Diving: Tales from the Abyss' started by kablooey, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

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    that is just COOL!

    but I do hope the exhaust is not impacting the fill quality...... :shocked:

    my guess is the black hose is a "snorkel" to a safer intake location.
     
  2. АлександрД

    АлександрД Manta Ray

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    you are right :)
    You can see connector on the another picture of the "head", covered by black stub - this is intake connector.
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    and black hose is connected to it.

    BTW. We have same compressor, as Cornelius :)
    Here it is named КПВ 1Б
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    As I know - it was used on the small airplanes.
    It has two con.s - low performance and low pressure.
     
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  3. Magnus Lundstedt

    Magnus Lundstedt Divemaster

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    Here in Sweden many divers in the old days got airfills from the firestations, and also many parts of the equipment was the same, old AGA/Interspiro tanks, regulators and fullface masks all started out as firefighter equipment.

    And in we also have a strong club (non profit) tradition, so early on dive clubs started where interest where. Clubs often have a compressor.
     
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  4. icechip

    icechip Manta Ray

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    By the 1970s we were filling our tanks at the local fire station. They were free.
     
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  5. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    many of us still do :-D though I do bring them pulled pork butts every once in a while
     
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  6. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    We have several volunteer fire departments in our area. I have heard that all of them use the one local dive shop who fills all their SCBA cylinders for free (as a donation).
     
  7. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Amazing contributions and pictures by all of you.
    Simply incredible.
     
  8. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This looks like a V twin motorcycle engine.
     
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  9. АлександрД

    АлександрД Manta Ray

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    nope :) it is "reversed" engine :)
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  10. JasmineNeedsGills

    JasmineNeedsGills Angel Fish

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    This is so interesting to me, as I have an interest in the general history of Soviet society. How popular and accessible was recreational diving during the Soviet era? Did ДОСААФ / DOSAAF provide dive training/certification for recreation diving?

    This opens up new questions as well - like how was the popular imagination shaped by rec diving? Was there anything similar to the "Costeau effect"? What sort of diving was most popular? Was there a lot of exchange of ideas, equipment and practice between the USSR and allied states like the DDR, Cuba and Yugoslavia? How did equipment makers survive the collapse?

    It surprises me that even now, diving the waters east of the old "iron curtain" is still somewhat alien territory to western diving, and not well explored.

    Hopefully some more "old hands" from the Russian / FSU diving world can shed some light on this and share their experiences - I'd absolutely love to find out more.
     
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