Equipment  and Tools

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AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit leather case, in unissued condition.

 

AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit leather case in absolutely superb condition - appears unissued. Zip works perfectly, leather is in excellent condition, with the slightest rubbing at the edge but not dried out as so many of these are. Very difficult to upgrade.

$95 / £70 / €80

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AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit leather case

AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit leather case

AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit leather case

AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit leather case

AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit leather case

AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit leather case

AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit leather case

AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit leather case

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, original box of 2.

 

Two AAF navigator's drawing compasses, still contained in their original box as supplied. AAF official acceptance label is dated 10th January, 1945. Label indicates box originally contained 4 compasses, but I received this with 2 - nonetheless they are in perfect condition. Very heavy, with nickel plating, 7" long and maker marked CHARVOS USA. Since they came together in the box I prefer to sell them together.

$55 / £40 / €45

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AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF Navigator's drawing compasses, box of 2

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type

G-1, still sealed in it's box as issued.

 

Hard to find a better example than one that hasn't been opened since it was sealed in its box in May, 1945! Please note: photo of actual computer is NOT this computer - I "borrowed" the picture from NASM; the computer you are buying is SEALED inside the box. If you choose to break the seal and open it, that's up to you!

$35 / £25 / €30

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AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF navigator's True Airspeed Computor, Type G-1

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand.

 

Based on a standard 1930s Ray-o-Vac chrome-plated torch/flashlight (patented in 1928) and modified by adding a special hood with a red celluloid or plexiglas cylinder which would glow for directing aircraft on the ground, and presumably on the decks of aircraft carriers, at night or in low visibility. Superb Art Deco bullet-shaped chrome flashlight. Still has its cardboard insert for the batteries. No batteries installed and lacks bulb. Some oxidation but overall very good condition. Since this is not marked with any military nomenclature, it is perhaps a civilian item, possibly used by the USN which procured mainly from commercial sources. Rare item! 

$125 / £90 / €105

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AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF / USN aircraft ground handler's signal wand

AAF E-6B Flight Computer in leather case.

 

E6-B Flight Computer as used by every WWII AAF pilot and navigator, made by G. Felsenthal & Sons of Chicago and with a contract date of 1942. This isa nice early model, very heavy and with a genuine leather case, not the later imitation leather. Very good condition. 

$65 / £48 / €55

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AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

AAF E-6B Flight Computer

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1.

 

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1, dated 1944 and made by Ideal. Well marked and in very good, unused condition, except for some a few small moth holes to the felt covering (which could be filled easily). Rubber is excellent and strap still has elasticity. Very similar to the A-9 oxygen mask but used for dust protection and while spray-painting aircraft, vehicles etc.

$20 / £15 / €17

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US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1

US Army Dust Respirator Type M-1

RARE WWI RFC flight map/chart of North West Europe.

 

30" x 28" (76cm x 71cm) aerial chart of NW Europe, covering Holland, Belgium and Germany, from Eindhoven to Liege to Dusseldorf, Cologne and as far west as Bonn. This is sheet 2 of 4 sheets that covered all of Europe. War Office marked and dated 1914. Linen backed with minor wear and staining. Wonderful Great War accessory for an aviation display.

$120 / £100 / €112  email to secure this item

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe88

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe88

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RFC WWI Fight map / chart N.W. Europe

RAF Navigation chart (Air) for Touluse, 1942.

Drawn up in 1941 with additions and corrections November 1942, this paper air chart would be used by RAF navigators plotting bomb routes to Toulouse in the South of France. Very good condition with some creasing and soiling around the edges from storage. Charts depicting targets in Europe are far more scarce than the common;y seen training charts of Great Britain.

$55 / £42 / €50  

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RAF Navigation Chart Toulouse 1942

RAF Navigation Chart Toulouse 1942

RAF Navigation Chart Toulouse 1942

RAF Navigation Chart Toulouse 1942

RAF Navigation Chart Toulouse 1942

RAF Navigation Chart Toulouse 1942

Hand painted Korean War era South Korea flag "Taegukgi."

Beautifully painted or hand silk-screened, double sided heavy cotton flag, approx. 24" x 16" with tie tapes for attaching to a pole. Perhaps a vehicle flag used in the Korean war? Lovely condition and obviously vintage.

$20 / £15 / €17   email to secure this item

Korean War era South Korea flag

Korean War era South Korea flag

Korean War era South Korea flag

Korean War era South Korea flag

US Army Ordnance Dept Waltham wristwatch model OF476620.

 

Though not specific to aviation personnel, this watch is similar in many ways to the AAF issue watches and was occasionally issued as substitute standard. Quite a rare watch, it has 17 jewels and a waterproof case. Watch is currently not running but I have had it examined by a local watchmaker who says it could be made to work easily. It has a couple of small screws missing which hold the interior workings in place (a previous owner used a drop of glue instead and this has now separated). The springs, balance staff etc. appear to be all good. It needs thoroughly cleaning and the crews replacing - but the seller wants me to sell "as is." Crystal is slightly loose, dial has "burn" marks from the luminous paint. Hands are original. Original OD green cotton strap. Quite a scarce watch.

$300 / £245  / €275  email to secure this item

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US Ord Dept watch OF476620

US Ord Dept watch OF476620

US Ord Dept watch OF476620

US Ord Dept watch OF476620

US Ord Dept watch OF476620

US Ord Dept watch OF476620

US Ord Dept watch OF476620

US Ord Dept watch OF476620

AAF Pilot's Navigation Kit to pilot of 489 BG, 846 BS, 8th AF - complete.

 

The most complete example of one of these kits I have ever come across, named to Lt. W.S. Buckmaster, 489 BG, 846 BS. The leather case is in excellent condition, with just little wear at the edges and fully functioning zip fastener and contains the owner's photo ID card plus some printed name tapes; 11 wartime aeronautical charts of the US, mostly east coast plus Pheonix, Detroit, Milwaukee, etc.  Additional 5 charts of Asia and the Pacific, Indian Ocean, Philipines, etc plus military street maps of Tokyo and Manila. Owner was in Europe with 489BG and then later in the Pacific.  Includes several blank navigation plotting sheets and landing fields/bases en route. Also includes his "housewife" sewing kit. A full case in great condition which would be well worth further research.

$400 / £290 / €335  email to secure this item

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

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AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete4430

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

AAF Pilot's Nav kit complete

RAF Airman's Kit Bag showing multiple owners and dated 1940.

Exactly what an airman, including fighter pilots, carried all their kit in when they were posted from base to base. Large, heavy white canvas kit bag with grommets for securing with a rope at the top (rope not present). The circular flap tucked inside to keep everything dry and stop it falling out. Beautifully marked with Air Ministry stamp and crown plus dated 1940. Has several names hand inked and then crossed out, sadly suggesting something happened to previous owners and bag was reissued, since these traveled with an airman wherever he went. A couple of worn areas on one edge but otherwise still very strong. A great piece of history and a wonderful item for displaying with uniforms, flying kit etc. especially relating to the Battle of France and Battle of Britain. 

$80 / £62 / €72  email to secure this item

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

RAF airman's kit bag dated 1940

Scarce and interesting near complete set of 24 WWII Royal Navy Admiralty charts of the Mediterranean plus 4 additional charts including Spain, Portugal and North Africa.

The first time I have ever seen these. From the estate of a Fleet Air Arm Observer who flew in Swordfish, Albacore and Avenger aircraft from various carriers. This is a near complete set of charts (numbered sheets 1 to 26 with only sheets 18 and 24 missing). Each sheet is printed on very heavy paper, single sided, approx. 17" x 17" (43cm x 43cm). In additon, there are 4 additional sheets: Spain and Portugal, N. Africa (2) and a different scale Mediterranean (Italy). 28 total sheets. All are dated from 1939-42 with some annotations. Very good condition overall, one or two are grubby from storage but no damage. Excellent for a table top or wall display. If no one buys as a set I will consider selling separately.

 

$100 / £72 / €85  email to secure this item

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RN WWII Admiralty charts (27) $200

RARE RAF / Fleet Air Arm glass mounted aircraft recognition slides of later wartime / early postwar aircraft 

The last of a large batch I bought of the many years ago. These are official Air Ministry / Admiralty Aircraft Recognition slides, 3" x 3" (75mm x 75mm) with the celluloid slide mounted between two sheets of glass. Many rare aircraft are featured - including the Saro A1 jet flying boat fighter, Sea Hornet, Sea Vampire, Sea Fury, Meteor, etc. (see pictures). All are in excellent condition; 2 have hairline cracks in one side of the glass but are securely held together by the taped edge. One has a series of spider cracks in one side but is again held securely by the tape. Will be well-padded for safe posting (they came to me from the UK).  16 slides in total.

$90 / £70 / €80  email to secure this item

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

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DSCN2082RAF aircraft recognition sli

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF aircraft recognition slides

RAF navigator's Douglas Combined Protractor and Parallel Rule 

Another invaluable tool for the navigator of the heavy bomber but also used by fighter pilots. This example is identical to the above, but shows a little more use; the clear acetate has yellowed slightly and it is a bit more rubbed / scratched. Slightly different Air Ministry A-crown-M mark and 6B/47 (no asterisk). 

$20 / £16 / €18  email to secure this item

RAF Douglas Protractor 2

RAF Douglas Protractor 2

RAF Douglas Protractor 2

RAF Douglas Protractor 2

Extremely rare and important flight chart / Ordnance Survey map dated 1912 and used by the Royal Aircraft Establishment Experimental Squadron in WWI.

 

1912 Ordnance Survey map of northern Hampshire, in southern England, showing Winchester and Alton. This neighborhood was the home of the very first military flying organization, The Royal Aircraft Factory (RAF), which was renamed Royal Aircraft Establishment in 1918 to avoid confusion with the newly named Royal Air Force (also RAF). The location of many well known early airfields can be seen and what is presumably a flight plan, following the railway lines to Andover, is marked in pencil.  Map is linen backed, in excellent condition, slightly grubby at the edges, and measures 31" x 21" (78 cm x 53 cm). There is clear ink stamp to the cover which reads: Royal Aircraft Establishment Experimental Squadron. 

 

Priced at £120 / $150  / €140  email for more details

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

RARE RFC - RAE Pre-WWI flight chart

4 x US Navy aircraft miniature spotter models for use with aircraft carrier spotter models.

Very rare miniature aircraft spotter models cast from aluminium and used on models of aircraft carriers for identifying the difference between friend and foe. Some corrosion and surface pitting but retain their shape well and their scarcity cannot be overstated. Average 1 inch wingspan. Includes Zeke (Zero), Val, Kate and Grumman F-4F all dated 1943.

 

$45 / £33 / €38  email to secure this item

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

4 x Japanese spotter models

Cased 1940s era Carl Zeiss 8 x 30 binoculars.

Carl Zeiss Deltrintem 8 x 30 binoculars with original fitted leather case. Though not military marked, these are WWII era binoculars and exactly the type that would be used by Luftwaffe and other branches of the military while observing enemy activity from the ground; perhaps by observers in aircraft - and almost certainly for hunting (as they were encouraged to do). The German firm of Zeiss offered the best optics available and these binoculars still function superbly. Show use, some paint chips etc. but glass and optics are still excellent. Fitted case is serial numbered inside S-2448. Case lacks strap and leather covering on springs of clasp is gone, otherwise excellent. Binoculars have their strap attached.

 

$100 / £78 / €90  email to secure this item

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Carl Zeiss WWII era binoculars

Cold War era German military "walkie-talkie" two way radio. 

My guess is this is from the 1960s or early 1970s. Very similar to the WWII pattern two-way radio but slightly streamlined. Complete and includes the full length antenna which is often missing or broken. No idea if it works (you'd need another one to fnd out!) but it is in great condition. 

 

$45 / £33 / €38  email to secure this item

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie

Cold War era German walkie-talkie