At times described as one of the ugliest and ungainly aircraft ever designed, the Fairey Gannet proved to be extremely successful, becoming a versatile, all-weather observation post with the ability to detect and attack enemy submarines over a wide operational range.
Sperry 6/A3849 Mk3C Artificial Horizon Indicator installed in the 1950s Cold War, carrier-launched, long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft, the Fairey Gannet.
Part of its success was its powerful Armstrong Siddely turboprop, twin Mamba engines mounted side by side and coupled to a common gearbox driving two coaxial contra-rotating propellers.
With a crew compliment of 3 including the pilot, navigator and observer the Gannet had an operational range in excess of 662 miles, enabling the aircraft to stay in the air for up to 6 hours whilst carrying weapon loads of up to 2,000 lb of bombs, torpedoes, depth charges and rockets.
Also purchased by the Royal Australian Navy, the Gannet operated from the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne as well as its Nowra shore base HMAS Albatross, performing important fleet protection duties during the Korean War conflict.
This Fairey Gannet, 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 near the top of the aircraft’s main flying panel, this Fairey Gannet, 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 Cold War maritime patrol aircraft perched atop its removable magnetic arm, would make a fantastic gift for any aviation enthusiast.
This Fairey Gannet 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 Fairey Gannet 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 $40 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'canopy open or closed' options, landing gear 'up or down' and wings 'folded or open' 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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