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Rare, Grumman TBF Avenger, lower fuselage mounted downward facing Red Identification Light

Mounted on the underside of the Grumman TBF Avenger's fuselage between the rear of the bomb bay and the lower rear-facing gun position, this WWII Red Recognition Light is one of three (others being Yellow/Amber & Green) unit identification, flush-mounted fuselage lights.

Each light was wired to a Recognition Lights Panel mounted towards the rear of the aircraft’s main electrical panel on the starboard cockpit wall.

Using the ’Steady' position, the Avenger pilot could preset the Identification lights to display a predetermined combination of Red, Green & Amber depending on the mission briefing or switch to the ‘Recognition Light Keying Switch' which allowed him to signal a flashing combination by depressing a spring-backed, red light key sender button.

During mission briefings,
TBF Avenger pilots 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 the carrier.

With its plug, bulb and wiring still attached and mounted on its 100 year old mango wood display stand, complete with a highly detailed 1/72 or 1/48 scale model of this iconic USN torpedo bomber perched above on its removable magnetic arm, this Recovery Curios Original Aviation collectable also comes with a detailed colour printed and laminated Fact Sheet.

An amazing gift for any aviation enthusiast, this Grumman TBF Avenger, Red Fuselage Recognition Light is an original battle hardened relic of this iconic WWII carrier-launched aircraft and is guaranteed to become a treasured artefact of the War in the Pacific.

This Grumman TBF Avenger Collectable 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, fuselage-mounted Red Identification Light, 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 $65 (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 5 - 7 weeks approx.

Did you fly, crew or maintain a TBF Avenger or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.