F-4B Liquid Oxygen Converter
The liquid oxygen converter assembly shown here is a GCU-24/A, P/N 10C-0016-10 manufactured by Essex Cryogenics, Inc. The converter assembly is designed to store and convert liquid oxygen (LOX) into gaseous oxygen for the aircrew during flight.
Oxygen in its liquid state (approximately -297°F) is stored in a spherical assembly consisting of inner and outer shells separated by an annular space. (An annular space is evacuated to create a vacuum to prevent the transmittal of heat. The thermos bottle effect created retards heating and eventual conversion of LOX to gaseous oxygen. Valves, tubing, and fittings incorporated in the converter assembly convert LOX to gas and direct its flow at a controlled rate.
The type GCU-24/A Liquid Oxygen Converter Assembly (P/N 10C-0016-10) consists of a sphere assembly, buildup and vent valve, relief valve, pressure closing valve and associated tubing and fittings. A capacitance-type probe assembly, which sends an electrical signal to a liquid oxygen quantity gauge located in the aircraft, is incorporated within the sphere assembly. The quantity gauge indicates the amount of LOX, in liters, contained in the converter.
Wings of Eagles Discovery Center is going to Mars!
For the month of January, as we make final preparations for the Wings of Eagles Mars Base Eagle exhibit, we will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC only on Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM or by appointment for school/group tours.
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Horseheads, NY 14845
Tour our 25,000 sq ft hangar with aircraft on display inside and outside. Experience our collection through static displays, self guided mobile tours and flight simulators. Take home a momento from our Gift Shop to remember your visit and grab a bite to eat at the Wings Cafe. ‹more›