The Lockheed EC-121 was the USAF's first purpose built and equiped, long range airborne early warning system aircraft.
With a patrol range of over 3,700 nautical miles, the EC-121 carried a flight crew of six with an additional 11 - 25 radar crew, it become the lynchpin of the two US ‘Barrier Forces' stationed off each coast of the North American continent.
The 'Barrier Forces' consisted of 5 surface picket stations each manned by radar destroyer escorts and air wings of EC-121s patrolling the picket lines at 1,000–3,000–12,000 ft in 6 - to 20-hour missions.
Their objective was to extend early warning coverage against surprise Soviet bomber and missile attack and were the forerunners of today's AWAC early warning systems.
The Bendix Aviation Co, Fuel Flow Indicators were installed on the Flight Engineers panel just above the engine's temperature gauges and enabled the crew to monitor fuel consumption from the aircraft's multiple wing and wing-tip fuel tanks.
Flying in all weather conditions, extended EC-121 missions relied heavily on accurate projections of the aircraft's fuel consumption and remaining fuel capacity by the flight crew.
Dated 1949, this Bendix Fuel Flow Indicator is in excellent condition for a military aviation gauge over 71 years old and would make a fantastic aircraft collectable gift for any aviation enthusiast, with its highly detailed Scale Model Lockheed EAC-121 atop its 100 yr old Mango Wood Display Stand and accompanying laminated Fact Sheet. What great pilot gift!
This Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star 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 Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star Fuel Flow 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
Both the 1/72 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic model is 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 - 5 weeks approx.
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