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WWII, B-29 Super Fortress, Briggs and Stratton B5 Engine Magneto Switch

The B-29's two Briggs and Stratton Engine Magneto switches were mounted, one on top of the other, on the pilot’s side of the central throttle control panel.

Each were composed of two swing switches (one for each engine) which could engage that engine’s starter batteries or combine both in tandem. An extended Master On/Off Lever was located at the top of the Switch which could kill both engines simultaneously.

Boeing later introduced an after-service, optional Locking Lever which was bolted over both Magneto Master On/Off Levers to enable all four engines to be killed at once. This 'Locking Lever' can be seen in the photo of the Engineering Panel.

The retro-fitted Locking Lever also avoided accidental engine deactivation which had become a significant issue along with exhausted pilots confusing the almost identical Flap and Undercarriage Switches resulting in catastrophoic crashes on take-offs or landings. 

This original B-17 Flying Fortress, Briggs and Stratto Engine Magneto Switch is the rarer of the B-17 Magneto Switches and appears to be fully operational with all switches rotating easily between one or both battery sources and with its highly detailed, custom-built model of this iconic USAAF bomber perched above its 100yr old Mango Wood display stand, its sure to be a treasured talking point for many generations to come.

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Your B-29 Super Fortress, Briggs and Stratton B5 Engine Magneto Switch, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:

  • Original Warbird instrument
  • Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft. 
  • 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

The 1/72 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic model is available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and bomb bay 'open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.

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 4 - 6 weeks approx.

Did you fly, crew or maintain a B-29 Super Fortress or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.