Richmond airport museum, part 2

A lot of this stuff only interests me, but I’m posting it anyway in case others appreciate it. This isn’t really the order I wanted these in, but I realized it too late.  Moving pictures around breaks the site, and I don’t want to delete them all and lose my captions.

These tabs are to straighten the airflow over the wing to reduce the risk of stalls. This was a military training jet, I believe, so they probably did that to be a little more forgiving to new pilots.
Some widget on an SR-71 jet engine
An airspeed measuring sensor, I believe. *Correction, this is a generator. The benefit of this design is that it still provides power to critical things like instruments even if the engine and/or battery dies (although I’m not sure if planes had batteries in the 1930s).
I like how the cylinders are offset like that. I believe it was to allow the engine to be shorter, and to allow more even cooling.
That big gray donut behind the prop is an exhaust manifold (it collects the exhaust and directs it out the exhaust pipe. Very unique design.
I thought this was just a really photogenic old plane, even though function was the primary factor in the design.

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