BU Aero US Navy 88-1-12650 Weston Electric, Grumman TBF Avenger Cylinder Head Temperature Gauge
The Grumman TBF Avenger’s 1900hp Wright R-2600-20 Twin Cyclone, fourteen-cylinder, radial engine gave the USN torpedo bomber a speed of 271mph with a flight range of over 1000 miles.
Capable of carrying one Bliss-Levitt Mark 13 torpedo, a single 2,000lb bomb, or up to four 500lb bombs, the Avenger saw its first combat action during the battle of Midway when six TBFs were launched from the USN carrier Hornet along with the rest of the squadron's ageing Devastators.
Wether due to its inexperienced crew who had only just switched over to the TBFs or the lack of supportive air-cover, only one of the six TBF’s returned, heavily damaged - with one gunner killed and both the bomb aimer and pilot injured.
Later with growing American air superiority, better attack coordination and more veteran pilots, the TBF Avenger went onto play a vital role in the subsequent battles against Japanese surface forces with 24 TBF’s sinking the Japanese light carrier the Ryujo and claiming one dive bomber at the cost of seven aircraft during the next major naval battle in the Eastern Solomons.
On the Grumman TBF Avenger, the Weston Electric Corp BU Aero US Navy 88-1-12650 Weston Electric Cylinder Head Temperature Gauge was installed at the bottom left of the aircraft’s lower flight panel just below the aircraft's Engine Start Magneto and adjacent to its Throttle Controls.
In the General Motors manufactured version of the torpedo bomber and designated the TBM Avenger, the Weston Electric Corp BU Aero US Navy 88-1-12650 Weston Electric Cylinder Head Temperature Gauge was installed at the bottom right of the aircraft's lower flight panel just below the Fuel Gauges.
This WWII instrument is in remarkable condition for a 77 year of veteran of the war in the Pacific and still bears its USN stamp on the rear of its casing.
With a highly detailed 1/72 or larger super detailed1/48 scale model of the F4U Corsair perched atop its hand crafted mango wood stand, this would make a fantastic gift for any aviation enthusiast.
This Grumman TBF Avenger 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 TBF Avenger, Cylinder Head Temperature Gauge, 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' 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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