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VERY RARE, WW1 British Royal Flying Corps (RFC) & Allied Air Forces Large Feathered Anti- Zeppelin Flechette. Sn 16345 - 16345
A flechette is a pointed steel projectile, with a vaned tail for stable flight. The name comes from French fléchette, "little arrow" or "dart", and sometimes retains the acute accent in English: fléchette. They were dropped from early aircraft onto cavalry Troops, into the trenches and anywhere they could cause damage during WW1. This is a large feathered Flechette, one of the heavy rarer variants. These large flechettes were designed to penetrate observation balloons and Zeppelins before incendiary rounds were brought into use in aircraft weaponry. They were very effective. This flechette has a feathered tail and cylindrical pointed steel dart. The dart is very sharp with a pencil point. They are rare to find in this condition as any flechette's dropped buried themselves into the ground if they didn't find a target. This flechette weighs 430grams and is 16” overall length including feathers. The price for this rare WW1 item includes UK delivery. Sn 16345
£475.00

Cased, WW2 Era Nazi German Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me Bf 109 Fighter Aircraft Cockpit Clock Marked ‘J30 BZ’. Sn 16370 - 16370
The Messerschmitt Bf 109, often called Me 109 (most often by Allied pilots and aircrew), was a German WW2 fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid-1930s. It was one of the first truly modern fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, retractable landing gear and was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine. It was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. This is an original WW2 Era me bf 109 fighter aircraft cockpit clock. It has a grey alloy case with holed mounting wings, dial, lever, adjustable outer rim with grooved edge, glazed face and numerals, hour, minute and second hands highlighted in original white high visibility paint. The rear has a twist off plate with grooved rim which exposes the internal works. The inside of the mechanism is stamped 'J.30 BZ'. The clock is in full working order and secured by screws to a wooden case configured to be used as a travel clock or display case. The clock is secured to an internal hinged folding panel within the case which has been recessed to fit the clock. The wood box has a padded hinged lid and clasp fastener. The outside of the case has some stable, old, cracks. The price for this piece of Luftwaffe/ aviation history includes UK delivery. Sn 16370
£495.00

RARE, Early WW1 British F.E. Becker & Co London Royal Flying Corps Pilot’s Wrist Altimeter With Original Wrist Strap. Sn 16302 - 16302
F.E. Becker & Co London were barometer and scientific instrument makers circa 1914. This is an original Royal Flying Corps Pilot’s Wrist Altimeter by F.E. Becker & Co London. It is in excellent untouched original condition, with a fine patina gained over a hundred years. It is particularly rare due to the fact that it has the Royal Flying Corps mark on the dial (Capital A Over Broad Arrow) other similar instruments were often a ‘private purchase’ but this altimeter is a correct RFC item. The tan leather strap is also in excellent condition. The strap is oversized to enable the altimeter to be worn over gauntlets, or the sleeve of a flying coat and has its original brass buckle. Sn 16302
£875.00

**BATTLE OF BRITAIN & 633 SQUADRON FILM INTEREST**Early To Mid-1950’s British WD RAF Pilot’s & Air Crew MK IV ‘Mae West’ Life Preserver Jacket. Sn 16178 - 16178
Mae West life jackets were introduced during WW2During World War II, Allied aircrew called their yellow inflatable, vest-like life preserver jackets "Mae Wests" partly due to cockney rhyming slang ‘West’=’Vest’ but also due to the resemblance of the jacket to the legendary actress’s ample figure. The 'Mae West' was inflated by a carbon-dioxide cylinder. They were made of yellow fabric, enabling the airman to be more easily detected and therefore rescued if he should bale out of his aircraft. The WW2 pattern was constantly modified. Interestingly, this post war MK IV example from the 1950’s is the type used in the iconic movies The Battle Of Britain & 633 Squadron as WW2 examples were hard to find & these 1950’s jackets were very similar in appearance to those worn in WW2. It has the correct MK IV features such as extra pockets for housing accessories (accessories are absent), connectors & cord with toggle for dinghy attachment. This Mae West has all of its original strapping with webbing flaps The inside of the jacket has a nice WD label with stores references and an ink patent stamp. The rear of the jacket is ink stencilled ‘SM 271’ (all illustrated). All fabric and stitching of the Mae West are clean and intact. It is approx UK size 38” Chest. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16178
£245.00

1960’s British WD RAF Pilot’s & Air Crew MK IV ‘Mae West’ Life Preserver Jacket By Frankenstein Manchester As Used By Vulcan Bomber Air Crew. Sn 16186 - 16186
Mae West life jackets were introduced during WW2During World War II, Allied aircrew called their yellow inflatable, vest-like life preserver jackets "Mae Wests" partly due to cockney rhyming slang ‘West’=’Vest’ but also due to the resemblance of the jacket to the legendary actress’s ample figure. The 'Mae West' was inflated by a carbon-dioxide cylinder. They were made of yellow fabric, enabling the airman to be more easily detected and therefore rescued if he should bale out of his aircraft. The WW2 pattern was constantly modified. This post war MK IV example is the type used by Vulcan bomber air crew in the 1960’s. It has the correct features such as extra pockets for housing accessories (accessories are absent), connectors & cord with toggle for dinghy attachment. This Mae West has all of its original strapping and monkey tail flap with webbing flaps secured by a sprung alloy pin through a central alloy lug. The inside of the jacket has a nice WD label with stores references and manufacturer label of Frankenstein Manchester. There is also an ink patent stamp (all illustrated). All fabric and stitching of the Mae West are clean and intact. It is approx UK size 38” Chest. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16186
£245.00

WW2 British Spitfire Fighter Aircraft Control With Cannon Fire Button Mounted On Wooden Base With Glazed Display Panel Mounted With A Pilot’s Medal Group, Cloth Kings Crown RAF Wings Patch & 2 Brass Badges. Sn 16187 - 16187
This is an original WW2 era partial Spitfire control. The column head has its original bound control handle with cannon fire button and lever. The handle hub and movable lever have various small markings which appear to be: 'J31H 955 JS A', ‘F8 AKB’ within roundel ‘AH 1606’, ‘1SS3’, ‘JD & SB’, ‘DR 648’ within roundel & ‘558’ within roundel. With further research these markings may assist to identify the aircraft from which the control was recovered. The alloy column and control are mounted on a wooden board. The board has a glazed display panel lined with green felt. The panel contains a WW2 medal group comprising War and Defence Medals and 1939-1945 Star With Battle Of Britain bar, all with ribbons. Please note 2 other medals in the display, DFC & Air Crew Europe, are later reproductions. Also in the display is an original KC RAF Wings Patch, a small brass RAF wings badge and a brass KC badge. The column with control is 13 ½” height. The wood base measures 16 ¼” x 9” x 1 ½”. The price for this interesting display piece worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 16187
£975.00

RARE, WW1 1917 Patt U.S. Air Service Type 1-A Pilot’s Western Electric Leather Flying Helmet To Jack Mayer Of The 88th Aero Flying Squadron. Sn 16179:1 - 16179:1
This is an excellent original WWI U.S. Air Service Western Electric Type 1-A Flying Helmet. The Western Electric Type 1-A was the first helmet to incorporate radio telephone communication equipment and saw limited use at the end of the war. The russet brown leather helmet is lined in flannel and laces in the back for a snug fit. The crown of the helmet is also fitted with a strap and buckle for further adjustment. There are leather housings for earphones mounted on each side (earphones lacking). An original label mounted on the inside reads "Western Electric Co. Inc. / No. 1-A Helmet / Large Size". The lining has contemporary ink handwriting ‘Jack Mayer 88 Aero Sqd’ ( The 88th Aero served on the Western Front, France: 24 May-11 November 1918, performed : Sorties 1,028,Combat missions: 557,Enemy combats: 13,Killed: 3 pilots, 3 observers,Wounded: 1 pilot, 6 observers, Missing: 3 observers (POW),Aircraft lost: 46, Victories Enemy aircraft shot down: 4 Enemy balloons shot down: 0,Total enemy aircraft destroyed: 4). The helmet is clean and undamaged. It fits approx. UK head size 7. The price for this rare to find WW1 pilots helmet worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 16179:1
£575.00

SOLD SOLD (03/04) MINT, UN-ISSUED. WW2 Model AK39 Nazi German Luftwaffe Pilot's Arm Compass. Sn 16098 - 16098
This is an original, WW2 Arm Compass issued to German Luftwaffe Pilots in near mint un-issued condition. It is complete with its webbing strap with metal buckle for wearing on the arm over Flight suits. The rear of the Compass is clearly stamped with model detail 'Armbandkompas Bauart Kadlec Werk Nr 110 874 Baumuster AK39 Anforderz FI 23235' (illustrated). The compass functions as it should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16098
£0.00

WW2 Era U.S. Army Signal Corps / USAAF Survival Radio Antenna Kite M-277-A By Bendix Aviation Ltd North Hollywood California With Original Transit Tube. Sn 16061 - 16061
Radio antenna kites are used to carry a radio antenna aloft, higher than is practical with a mast. They are most often associated with portable radio systems, usually with pre-World War I field equipment, and were also occasionally used to increase radio range on Naval ships. The use of kite supported antennae was limited because of difficulty in maintaining consistent antenna height, unpredictability of the wind, and improvements in radio antenna, transmission, and reception. During World War II and after they were used in conjunction with survival radios issued to aircraft flying over-water missions. The U.S the Army Signal Corps Kite M-277-A is a collapsible box kite to raise the antenna of a radio set. The 17 x 17 x 36 inch frame of the M-277-A is made up of 4 aluminium rods, each rod end was attached at the ends by a hinge to 4 shorter rods, and each of these met in the middle, attached by a locking mechanism, so that the whole thing could be opened up like an umbrella. The yellow cloth was treated with water repellent. It was designed to be simple to assemble, and could fly in winds from 7 to 40 miles per hour. It packs into a cardboard transit tube, on which is also printed assembly instructions and designation plate. Our example is in near mint and un-issued condition. All fabric and the aluminium frame is clean undamaged and functions as it should. The material has wind guide markings and the frame has line clips. The kite comes with its original transit tube with removable lid. The tube has the correct illustrated instructions for use label and U.S Army Signal Corps designation plate which has Bendix Aviation manufacturer detail (all illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16061
£195.00

WW2 Era British 1st Pattern Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Fighter Pilot’s Type C Leather Flying Helmet With Correct Chamois Leather Lining & Gosport Communication Tubes. Sn 15703:62 - 15703:62
An original WW2 era 1st Pattern Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot's Type C leather flying helmet. These helmets were introduced in 1941 (see page 215 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). The helmet is made of the correct brown leather with correct chamois leather lining and padded padded leather ear roundels. It has leather chin strap, press stud fasteners & straps with press studs. It also has the correct leather ear cups with brass zips which contain their original Gosport communication tubes. The helmet is clean and undamaged. The chin strap tab is impressed with Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm ‘Anchor & Kings crown mark’. The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:62
£425.00
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