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Posted: 01:00am 15 Nov 2011      

I have some info from a family member who has passed that served in both wars. He also gave me some old boat items and light bulbs that are 30 volts and I know he said that the early aircraft used 32 volt generators, And during the 1st war 32 volt generators were used to charge a bank of glass batteries in HQ up to 30 volts, they needed 30 volts to run the old tube radio's I still have an old 30 volt radio in my collection. They would also use 5 banks of 6 volt hard rubber cased batteries in the airplanes because the glass bottle battery would break. I think he said there was a 2 volt per cylinder ratio on the ignition systems. But that was a long time ago. with today's 12 volt systems you use 14 volts to charge so with 30 volt systems it could use 32 volts to charge.

Hope this info helps.

Regards Bob.

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