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Royal Flying Corps Map Board Mk I - Click for the bigger picture

Royal Flying Corps Map Board Mk I

Manufactured by The General Instrument and Engineering Co. Ltd, London. The back is also stamped with the RFC property mark of an arrow with an 'A' above thus confirming its early provenance. The manufacturer appears to have held a creditors meeting on 7th April 1921 so seems likely our board pre dates the meeting although we understand these continued to be used by the RAF during the 1930's and looking at the design it clearly influenced the far more common WWII map board stores reference 6B/137. The instrument is in excellent original condition and carries a translucent acetate sheet under which the chart would have been retained. Above is a combined protractor and parallel rule, which has a minor crack in it and the set is completed by an alternative end fitting with a different scale. This is the only Mk I board we have been fortunate enough to purchase and like all Flying Corps instruments is both scarce and desirable. Measures 14" x14" (36 cm x 36 cm)

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