During mission briefings, PBY Catalina crews were advised of the coded colour series for the day. This enabled the identification of either friendly or enemy aircraft by the correct coded colour transmission upon approach of other aircraft or returning to a home airfield.
The PBY Catalina had three large identification lights under the starboard wing tip running Red, Green and Amber from the leading edge to the rear.
Each light was wired to a Recognition Lights panel or IFF Box, mounted on in the middle of the dual control yokes adjacent to the Magneto Engine Ignition Switch.
Pilots could places the switches in the ’Steady’ position for continuous operation or in the ‘Key’ position for intermittent operation via the depressible ‘Keying Switch’.
Manufactured by the Standair Company of Dayton Ohio, this is an original IFF Box removed from an operational aircraft and all switches and buttons appear to operate as intentioned and overall, is in excellent condition for a PBY Instrument over 75 years old.
With its highly detailed 1/72 or super detailed 1/48 scale model of the PBY Catalina mounted above on its magnetic arm and its detailed laminated Fact Sheet, this Recovery Curios Original Vintage Aircraft Instrument Collectable would make an unforgettable and highly prized gift for any aviation enthusiast.
This PBY Catalina Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your PBY Catalina Recognition Light IFF Switch Box, 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
*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 $60 (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.
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.
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