Unlike the ‘Bathtub’ Morse Code Sender Key used by the Handley Page Halifax's navigator to communicate with Bomber Command’s network of wireless transmitters across Southern Britain, the cockpit Morse Sender Key was directly linked to a small white, tear-drop glass communication lamp just forward of the Top Gunners Turret.
Mounted above the pilot's head on the Halifax engine panel, the Type B 5c/372 Morse Code Sender Key was installed adjacent to the aircraft's Propeller Feathering Switches.
The Morse Code Lamp was used for air to air communication with other bombers nearby when radio silence was required.
It was particularly useful at the bomber assembly point as the main bomber group began to form up behind the lead bomber before heading for the target. It was also used over the target and during the dash home to signal aircraft identification or distress.
The original Morse Code Sender Keys were all metal, produced in Britain or Canada but by mid 1940, the more easily produced bakelite models were being fitted into all most of the RAF’s heavy bombers as well as the Hurricane and Spitfire fighters. This model is one of the first runs of the new bakelite moulded units.
This is an extremely rare example of an early Handley Page Halifax Morse Code Sender Key and would make a fantastic and totally unique and treasured, original aircraft collectable from a bygone era of one of the world’s most iconic fighter aircraft.
As far as can be determined, this Morse Code Sender Key seems to have all its components and appears in full working order, although the small bakelite, wire connector cover on the front is missing.
Mounted in its 100yr old, hand-crafted Mango Wood display stand with engraved plaque and highly detailed scale model of a Halifax perched atop its magnetic display arm, plus a detailed laminated Fact Sheet featuring a photo of the instrument in the Halifax cockpit, this Recovery Curios Aircraft Collectable would make a perfect gift for the pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life.
This Handley Page Halifax 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 Handley Page Halifax, Type B 5c/372 Morse Code Sender Key, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft.
- Original Warbird instrument
- 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
The heavily detailed scale model is available with wheels & flaps up or down and bomb bays open or closed. 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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