Made from segments of coloured cloth with a small pocket at the end to take the message and a weight. These were dropped from aircraft over aerodromes and troops in the trenches in order to supply reconnaissance information to those on the ground. Overall length approx. 1.37m. Light soiling and fading with some smallish fray holes in one section (see photo), otherwise very good. Would probably benefit from careful ironing/pressing. Examples of these can be seen at Hawkinge, RAF Hendon and RAF Cosford Aerospace museums and also at the warfare museum within Edinburgh Castle. Stock code M17305.