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The Short Sunderland's, Air Ministry issued Sensitive Altimeter Mk XIVA 6A/3380 sat just under the aircraft's Airspeed Indicator on the far left of the pilot's main flying panel.
While the Sunderland's service ceiling was only 16,000ft, like many other long-range Coastal Command and RAF heavy to medium bombers, it was pretty common for instrumentation originally produced for one aircraft, to be also used across a wide range of others such as the Avro Lancaster and Handley Page Halifax.
This was even more so towards the end of the war as production wound down and parts were scavenged from existing stores or previously damaged aircraft.
The new British jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor was pushed into production so quickly that many of its instruments were lifted straight out of late reconnaissance Spitfires and high altitude Hawker Tempests and Typhoons.
The Sensitive Altimeter displayed altitude up to 35,000 ft using 3 pointers. The first and longest indicated 100's of feet, the second indicated 1000's of feet, along the outer scale, and the third and smallest indicated 10,000's of feet. on the inner scale. The knob is used to adjust the altimeter to the barometric pressure as displayed in the small window at the 6 o'clock position.
This Short Sunderland 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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