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Known as the Douglas Dakota by the British, the American designed and built Douglas C-47 Skytrain was undoubtedly the workhorse of allied aerial logistics during WWII and well into later postwar conflicts such as Korea and even Vietnam.
One of its most valued attributes was both its range and versatility.
Fitted with a large cargo door, reinforced floor, hoist attachment and long-range tanks, the C-47 was used to transport troops, cargo, and wounded with over 15500 produced by the end of 1945.
During the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, C-47s dropped 4,381 Allied paratroops, while more than 50,000 paratroops were dropped by C-47s during the first few days of the invasion of Normandy, France, in June 1944.
The C-47 Skytrain could carry over 202 gallons of fuel in each of it's two Main Tanks and 200 gallons ea. in its two Auxiliary Tanks located in either wing.
Marked: Left Main, Right Main, Left Auxiliary, Right Auxiliary, the aircraft's tanks were monitored by a 4 part display fuel gauge that allowed the co-pilot to rotate between the 4 primary tanks, flipping the revolving tank dials to display the fuel level for each.
Manufactured by the US company Liquidometer of New York, this is original, war-hardened Douglas C-47 Skytrain 4 x Fuel Tank Indicator is a rare collectable of an iconic aviation veteran of WWII. The primary dial turns as intended, with each revolving tank content plaque displaying except for the Starboard Auxiliary Tank which is missing its tag.
Mounted on it’s hundred year old Mango Wood display stand with engraved plaque and highly detailed 1/72 scale custom built model of the iconic C-47 Skytrain perched atop its removable magnetic arm, this is really a once-in-a-lifetime to own a piece of iconic aviation history.
Combine this with a highly detailed and informative laminated Fact Sheet with photos of the Fuel Indicator mounted in the C-47’s cockpit, this Recovery Curio Vintage Aircraft Instrument Collectable would make a fantastic and unforgettable gift for the pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life.
While this model is available in the highly detailed 1/72 scale version, I do have a super detailed Giant 1/48 scale kit that features opening cargo door and D Day parachutists exiting the aircraft! Simply click on the 1/48 Scale option at the top of the page.
This Douglas C-47 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 Douglas C-47 Skytrain, 4 x Fuel Tank 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 Super Size and extremely detailed 1/48 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $85 (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 3 - 4 weeks approx.
Did you fly, crew or maintain a C-47 Skytrain or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.