In 1955, The Royal Australian Navy took possession of the last of three majestic-class light aircraft carriers built to strengthen Australia’s post-war maritime defences and provide rapid deployment capabilities for Australian troops and aircraft in the region.
Whilst initially equipped with piston driven Hawker Sea Furies, HMAS Melbourne and the later, HMAS Sydney had been purpose-built for the jet age with angled flight decks specifically designed for launch and retrieval of the new generation jet fighters.
The first of these was the De Havilland Sea Venom which featured folding wings, tail hook and strengthened undercarriage and at the time, was the only radar enabled all-weather intercepter fighter in the South East Asia and South Pacific region.
As the RAF had already discovered, the Australian Sea Venom was fast and highly manoeuvrable but it was not an easy aircraft to master. By the time of its retirement and replacement with the US designed McDonnell Douglas A4 Skyhawk, a total of 11 RAN Sea Venoms had crashed or experienced substantial damage with the tragic loss of nine Australian aircrew.
This De Havilland Sea Venom Sperry 6/A3849 Mk3C Artificial Horizon Indicator is in remarkable condition and features the British Air Ministry ‘Broad Arrow’ marking on the outside dial of its face and a service stamp of April 1956 on its rear metal casing.
Installed at the top of the Venom’s main flying panel, this De Havilland Sea Venom, Recovery Curios Collectable, mounted in its 100yr old Mango Wood display stand with engraved plaque, fact sheet and highly detailed 1/72 or larger 1/48 scale custom built model of this iconic jet fighter, perched atop its removable magnetic arm, would make a fantastic gift for any aviation enthusiast.
This De Havilland Sea Venom Instrument comes complete with detailed 1/72 or larger 1/48 Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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our Sea Venom Sperry 6/A3849 Mk3C Artificial Horizon Indicator, 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 $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', 'canopy open or closed' and Wings 'folded or extended' 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 Sea Venom or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.