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6391 British War Department Issue Flight Test Helmet - Click for the bigger picture New Stock British War Department Issue Flight Test Helmet - A modest but often overlooked example that would sit happily in a specialist or general aviation collection. We have previously listed this type as 'an RAF training helmet' based on Jim Weld's reference booklet description that even lists it with an RAF stores reference number 22C/129. We are however now more inclined to go with Mick Prodger's description and use as detailed in his definitive 'Vintage Flying Helmets' reference book:-

'A simple unwired helmet made available to flight test departments of various aircraft production facilities. Although their exact purpose is not known, it seems possible that these helmets were issued to visiting dignitaries, VIP's and other personnel who may have been passengers during demonstration flights. The helmet was constructed of light brown waterproof fabric and lined with soft blanket wool. Snap down ear flaps were fitted with a brow strap that enabled the helmet to be tightened. Most of these helmets appear to have been manufactured in or around 1940 and were War Department marked. Many bear additional makings indicating they were the property of aircraft manufacturers such as Hanley Page or De Havilland (often stamped on the chin strap canvas). This pattern of helmet may also have been available to ATA and Civil Air Guard pilots'. As ever we are indebted to Mick for this detailed analysis but it is of course possible back in 1940 this pattern may have seen use with RAF aircrew or elsewhere, as the need arose.

Our example closely aligns to this description and carries an ink stamp to the wool lining 'Q', below 'WD' with broad arrow and '90'. In addition the manufacturers paper label is still in place indicating it was made by M.Kaye and is a size 6 1/2-6 7/8 and is dated 1940. It does not carry any other property marks and seeing the paper label is still in situ it could well be unissued. When these helmets do show up one issue tends to be the canvas tends to harden and become a little stiff and brittle and this is no exception. The chin strap exhibits minor cracking as does one of the fold back ear covers. Despite this it remains in very clean original condition and it displays well on an appropriate 'head', as shown in our illustration photograph, but would just need to be handled with care. As with all our stock if you have interest drop us an e mail and we can supply a range of detailed pictures. Other examples of this helmet are currently listed elsewhere at prices from £100 upwards with one at an eye watering £400 plus! Ours is rather more realistically priced.

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5577 DH Tiger Moth Elevator - Click for the bigger picture New Stock DH Tiger Moth Elevator - The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth first flew in 1931 and was designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. In total about 9,000 were built and operated by the RAF and many others as a primary training aircraft. It has become a design classic and many remain airworthy in private hands today.

When purchased we were told this original elevator came from one of the 20 Tiger Moths operated from Brooklands Flying Club and that they carried an all red colour scheme. We have nothing to support this provenance so this may or may not be correct. All we can say is it 'scrap' written on it when it came in so was clearly removed at some stage when it became unserviceable. It is a bit warped at the tip so clearly not an airworthy example but would make nice display item for a wall as neither too big or too heavy.

The wooden frame is covered in doped canvas, with one inspection cover removed as shown. Some parts have been touched up in silver paint, possibly applied when the elevator was repaired. It might benefit being repainted but we will leave that decision to the new owner as we prefer to leave it exactly as it was when it came out of service. It measures 53" or 137 cm measured on the leading edge and front to back at widest point is 21.5" or 55 cm. As with all our stock a range of detailed photographs are available on request and if you have interest let us know your location and we can obtain a delivered price.

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6634 RAF Altimeter 6TM/9 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Altimeter 6TM/9 - We are not entirely sure of the background to this instrument although the data plate on the reverse confirms it was made by Kollsman Instruments Ltd of Southampton. It also details Ref no 6TM/9 and 'Altimeter Synchrohotel'. On the side wall of the case is painted 'Barschle Adjusted 29.01.80'. The crisp dial is graduated in 1000 of feet with a subsidiary readout showing actual height. It also carries a further label confirming it has at some stage been repaired by Kollsman Instruments at The Airport, Southampton. Apologies for the vague description but we are sure the experts out there will know exactly what it is! Dial width 3.25" (8.5cm)

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6635 RAF Altimeter Mk XV11A - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Altimeter Mk XV11A - These were designed as cabin altimeters for the navigators use, calibrated according to the I.C.A.N. Law and recording a height of up to 35,000 feet. Whilst this example is not dated we believe it to be of post war manufacture but this pattern was used on a variety of aircraft including the Lancaster, again for the navigators use. The instrument features a lubber line visible through an aperture in the face of the dial. The dial is also marked with stores reference number 6A/1538 whilst the back of the case is Broad Arrow property marked. A very crisp instrument but like all our stock on offer for sale as a collectable only. Dial diameter is 3.25" (8.5cm)

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6633 Rate of Climb Mk 3(P)* Instrument - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Rate of Climb Mk 3(P)* Instrument - An excellent post WW2 RAF example dating from 1961 and the Mk3 variant was fitted in a variety of aircraft of the period including the great Avro Vulcan, Canberra, Meteor and Hunter. The dial is in excellent condition and confirms manufactured by Kelvin Hughes and is further marked KRA 0205. The reverse of the instrument has an MOD data plate repeating all the spec details as well as a serial nos GP 587/61 thus confirming the date of manufacture. The dial is graduated with a scale of 0-4 indicating rate of climb (or decent) of 1000 feet per minute. This item is for sale as a collectable only. The diameter of the instrument measured across the dial is 3.25" (8.5cm) £20.00
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6636 RAF Air Speed Indicator Mk 1XA - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Air Speed Indicator Mk 1XA - The Mk1XA instrument (the 'A' signifying the dial is non-luminous) entered service in the 1930'sand replaced the V series of instruments and was the first to have a bakerite case and was standard fit in most British aircraft in WW11. Numerous versions were made each with a different speed scale; in this instance the speed is marked in M.P.H. as opposed to Knots and the scale runs from 2-240 MPH. This indicates this is an early instrument as on later ones the scale commenced at 5MPH. The branch connecting tubes emerge from the back of the dial which is nicely stamped with a Kings Crown and A.M. as well as a patent number. This instrument would have been fitted to a variety of aircraft but definitely the RAF Auster 1V & V. Whilst this instrument is offered for sale as a collectors item only it does still have an RAF Returned Equipment ticket attached which indicates when last checked it was pronounced 'Serviceable' by the assessing officer. Dial bezel dimension 3.6"(9.3cm) £42.00
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6638 RAF Spitfire 2 Way Ignition Magneto Switchbox - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Spitfire 2 Way Ignition Magneto Switchbox - Another item that is now becoming increasingly hard to source. This is the classic short toggle type as fitted to the Spitfire and Hurricane, as well as wide variety of RAF aircraft of the WW11 era including the Tempest and Typhoon. It should not be confused however with the long toggle type that is more associated with the heavies.

This 2-way ignition switch box, is clearly marked on the case 'SWITCHBOX 2 WAY IGNITION' and 'Ref. No. 5C/548', and is located in the pilots instrument panel and forms an integral part of for starting the Merlin Engine. It is also marked with a crisp Kings Crown and A.M. below whilst one end of the case carries and ink stamp 'MK' with a '2' below. The brass front face is clearly annotated MAGNETO no 1 and No2 with 'ON' being in the up position and 'Off' in the down ; below the 'off' is painted in STI/ELEC/8. The switch springs are perhaps not as crisp as they once were but operate perfectly well but this item is for sale as a collectable and it can not be guaranteed for its original purpose. It would of course make a perfect addition to a Spitfire or Hurricane replica instrument panel or cockpit project.

Prices on these switch boxes are going up all the time and we have seen similar currently listed at £187 and an eyewatering £285! Ours is rather more modestly priced so grab it whilst you can as we have no more once this has gone.

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OC450 RAF Aircraft Blind Flying Hood - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Aircraft Blind Flying Hood - This one is a first for the team at Oldnautibits HQ! This item came in with a number of other aviation related pieces we are currently listing, recovered from the garage of a retired Tiger Moth pilot. Whilst initially thinking this was the hood from an ancient MG, a little bit of online research confirmed it is in fact an RAF blind flying training hood, probably dating to the 1930's. We have found photographs of similar being fitted to the rear cockpits of trainers such as the DH82 Tiger Moth and the RAF Miles Magister. When the hood is opened up it enabled the instructor to simulate conditions of zero visibility for the fledgling pilot the back seat, whilst the instructor, in the front cockpit keeps his eyes peeled to check the accuracy of the flying and to keep a look-out for other aircraft!

The metal frame of this hood retains much of its original green paint and despite some rust appears to be in sound condition. The canvas and leather of the hood cover itself is in very poor condition but sufficient remains we believe to provide a decent pattern for a replacement hood to be constructed. Alternatively it may be possible to carry out sympathetic repairs or it could be left in 'as found ' condition, to display how basic flight training was carried out in the 1930's, when it was very much 'seat of the pants' stuff! Interestingly this hood has two blackened triangular windows that we have not seen on any period photographs. We speculate these may have been to allow minimal light into the blackout conditions within the cockpit, to aid reading of the basic set of panel instruments whilst preventing the trainee having a crafty visual to see how he was making out! The rear of the hood has 'lift the dot' fasteners to attach securely to the rear of the cockpit frame while the front would have been secured by straps An interesting training aid from a bygone age!

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6632 Air Ministry Inclinometer Reference 6A/389 - Click for the bigger picture Reserved Air Ministry Inclinometer Reference 6A/389 - Officially called a ' Fore-and-Aft Level, Type B' these were first described in the 1934 edition of AP1275. The type 'B' variant superseded the Type 'A' which was used on RNAS aircraft during the 1914-18 war. This updated version was significantly lighter and was used in a variety of RAF aircraft of the 1930's, including the DH82 Tiger Moth, Bristol Bulldog, Gloucester Gladiator and many more. It remained in service until the more sophisticated blind flying instruments panels were introduced which included an Artificial Horizon.

This example is in really crisp original condition with a white oblong dial graduated clearly from zero in the centre indicating flat and level flight. It then caries a scale going up to 20 degrees in a climb and 20 degrees in a dive so effectively the instrument gave a visual indication of the angle of the aircraft through the air and effectively worked in the same way as a spirit level, but in the vertical plane. The 'A' version of instrument originally contained a red dye but this was found prone to fading so was uprated with a black dye on later models. The dye is still present in this example and whilst we can't warrant its accuracy it seems to work as was intended back in the 1930's. It is made from what looks like Bakelite and is fully stamped with REF. No. 6A/389, a Kings Crown, A.M. and a serial number 145752. On the reverse of the dial is an ink manufacturers or inspectors stamp ; we are unsure who made this example but the main makers were either Short & Maison or Reid & Sigrist Ltd. The dial measures 5.5" (14 cm).These instruments are becoming increasingly difficult to find now so grab the opportunity whilst it is available. It is the first one of the kind we have had in for a considerable time and when it is gone it is gone!

5653 Original DH82 Tiger Moth Propeller and Spinner - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Original DH82 Tiger Moth Propeller and Spinner - This example was purchased for my own collection back in 2011 and has since that date has graced the wall of our Oldnautibits HQ. However a growing collection of assorted propellers has necessitated a thinning out of the collection and it is time for this stunning example to be rehomed. It last flew on DH82 De Havilland Tiger Moth 11 back in 1987. The airframe construction number is 82102 and was manufactured in 1939 was taken on charge with the Royal Air Force with serial number N6847. On line research indicates the airframe was converted to a Thruxton Jackaro and obtained its C of A 15th May 1959 but was converted back to the Tiger Moth spec in 1984 and is currently airworthy in its original RAF configuration and colour scheme.

The propeller, despite being in very good condition, comes without paperwork and is for sale purely as an impressive display piece and is of a fine pitch variety. The previous owner made up a very useful metal wall mount which is included with the sale and is set off by a metal spinner as shown in our illustration. The hub has various stampings on it but these are largely obscured by the paintwork. As shown in the photograph the wooden propeller is finished in a high gloss black lacquer with yellow tips. It measures 80" long (2030 cm) tip to tip and weighs about 8 kilos. As with all out stock more detailed pictures are available on request. Personal pick up would be preferred on this one but we can look into the possibility of courier delivery if you can advise the destination address. We have noticed a replica Tiger Moth prop currently for sale in the UK over £1000; here you can buy an original with mount and spinner for rather less!

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