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H1 USAF ground support heater and trailer

Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:02 pm
by 58chevybiscayne
I just picked this up today, I cant find much about it but it looks all original the engine is free inside as well,from what I have seen its some sort of engine heater,but im unsure of its use any of you out there know what its used for, not to sure what im going to do with it either but it is pretty cool.

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Re: H1 USAF ground support heater and trailer

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:49 am
by phantomfixer
I know this is an old thread...but man...those little H1s saved my butt many of nights in Germany...a gasoline burning heater with a blower that put out forced hot air...used to help keep us warm, help cure adhesives on aircraft repairs in freezing temps...just a great all around little heater...wish I had one...

Re: H1 USAF ground support heater and trailer

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:05 am
by Rustman
So this is a rabbit hole I just fell down since I'm working on buying a WW2 era maintenance tent. Seems the Quartermaster Corps determined the "Herman Nelson Self-Powered Unit Heater" used by the AAF for heating aircraft engines was suitable for heating up the maintenance tent. Yours is a later model and in fact Herman Nelson is still in business. It appears the original ones had an engine for driving the blower, and part of the ignition system also fired the heater. Therefore the entire unit was self contained, self powered with no need for external electrical power.

Matt

Re: H1 USAF ground support heater and trailer

Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:51 am
by Tim Shanteler
I have one of those WWII Herman-Nelson heaters used by the AAF.

Re: H1 USAF ground support heater and trailer

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:41 am
by Rustman
oooh. Can we see pictures? I found very little online for the Herman Nelson from WW2. Found a bit more for the Stewart Warner version.

Matt

Re: H1 USAF ground support heater and trailer

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:41 am
by Tim Shanteler
Sure.... I'll have to figure out how to upload them.

Re: H1 USAF ground support heater and trailer

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:02 pm
by Rustman
Tim,

Could you just email them to me? matthew.picciotto@gmail.com

Thanks
Matt