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WWII Panel Gauges Aircraft

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#1 SaluteWWII



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 01:51 AM

Hello All,


I'm a newbie to this forum so thanks in advance for any replies and wisdom bestowed upon me from the many who are more experienced and smarter than I.

I've been collecting and building working WWII panels (with wood) for many years and came across this on ebay.  I had to buy it as I couldn't identify what aircraft it came from.  The facts: (I think):  Every gauge and switch down to the wiring and screws on the back are WWII vintage.  One exception may be the push button start switches of which I have never seen before.  They look to be radium under glass similar to any other WWII radium switch.  They are momentary push button starter switches. Being radium, would definitely put them the war time era  It's a twin engine.  It's a fighter (gun sight rheostat, gun camera control). Heated pitot.

Front mounting screws are phillips, not real common during the war era but did exist and were used.  So......all that being said.......any ideas????  Thanks so much in advance....oh yeah...the angled mounting bracket to which the panel is attached leads me to believe it was mounted on the left side of the cockpit.  Just an educated guess.......

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 03:13 AM

Anyone????? Any ideas on if this is war time or post war?  Leads on who might know? 

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 05:31 AM

Post the pics in thr historic section of the Key Publishing Forum. There are a few part collectors over there..

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 11:19 PM

I've finally figured it out if anyone is interested.  This panel is from a Bell P-59 Airacomet.  First U.S. jet fighter.

Situ is what I guessed, left side of cockpit.  Pretty neat piece of history.  I've included the Air Force National Museum link.



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 10:33 AM

Greg may recognise it - he has worked on an Airacomet

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