Aeronautical Instruments & Tools
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RAF Magnetic Staff Car pennant Mast
This is only the second example of one of these we have had in 20 years+ of trading. It was found in a box containing assorted RAF items that originated from Bentley Priory, including the Air Officer Commanding pennant we have just listed, so we surmise this was were it served. This would appear to be post war issue and we are told the magnetic version was used when different staff cars were used, whilst a regular staff car would have had a permanent mast bolted to it.
It is finely engineered with both the finial and mast having a screw thread to aid the attachment of and safely securing the appropriate pennant. The mast is finished in what we believe to be stainless steel and the very strong magnet is enclosed within a rubber base, to avoid any damage to the car's paintwork. We understand these portable examples were good for speeds up to 8o MPH (128 KPH) but we have not as yet tested it on our Somerset roads!
The mast measures 14" from the base to the top of the finial (35.5 cm) and the rubber base is 3.75" diameter (9.5 cm) Please note this listing is for the mast alone and the Air Officer Commanding pennant is for display purposes only, but is listed for sale separately against item 6537. Modern diplomatic magnetic flag pole masts are being advertised currently at £236.81 Ours, which was definitely RAF issue and possibly with interesting provenance, is rather more modestly priced!