The Mk VIII goggles were the final and most successful of the RAF issue flying goggles during the Second World War and became the standard flight goggles for all RAF fighter and bomber pilots and aircrew.
Although introduced officially in October 1943, they were not supplied to aircrew until the earlier stocks were exhausted leading to an unsurprisingly large number of the previous, bulky and uncomfortable models being suddenly lost, damaged or mislaid by their owners. The MkVIII's continued in RAF service until made obsolete by the introduction of fibreglass helmets fitted with drop-down visors.
These rare ‘Ocean-Grey’-painted, streamlined metal-framed goggles are fitted with their iconic split-angled, glass eye-pieces set in leather padded cushions. A central adjustable metal hinge above the nose and the elasticated fabric strap with a metal hook and leather tab made the goggles extremely comfortable and popular with aircrew.
Considering their age, this pair of Mk VIII Air Ministry issued RAF googles are in fantastic condition, with no tears or abrasions on the leather padding and clear lenses. Still with their original elastic strapping and some minor wear on the Ocean Grey paint, revealing the brass framing underneath, they are a rare example of an incredible original collectable from a legendary period of aerial conflict.
This Spitfire Original Collectable comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
* Note that this Spitfire Collectable is pictured with a 1/48 scale model rather than the standard detailed, but smaller 1/72 scale. Click on the 'Model Upgrade' option at the top of this page for the larger 1/48 scale.
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Your Spitfire Mk VIII Goggles, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft,* or 1/72 scale Die-Cast model
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $35 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
While the 1/72 scale Die-Cast Spitfire model comes with a 'wheels up or down' option, the canopy is sealed and the Squadron markings and camouflage are preset.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 3 - 4 weeks approx.
Did you fly, crew or maintain a Spitfire or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.