One of the essential qualification requirements for all WWII Spitfire pilots was to learn to read and send morse code at a minimum speed of 15 words per minute.
A small bakelite morse code, key pad and housing was mounted on the starboard side wall of the cockpit just below the spare gunsight bulb rack and was used for air to air communication with other fighters nearby when radio silence was required.
With the firing button on the left of the control column yolk and triggered by the pilots right thumb, sending morse code meant swapping hands to fly the Spitfire with the left hand whilst communicating with the right.
Mounted just aft of the Spitfire’s IFF antenna, the Morse Code ‘Spine Lamp’ featured a fuselage flush-fit housing around a clear teardrop lens over a white transmitting bulb.
The underside of this lamp carries the Air Ministry ‘AM & Crown’ markings denoting a manufacture prior to the end of 1943. Beneath the Air Ministry stamp is the Ref No. 5C/914 which is repeated around the end of the bakelite bulb screw mounting.
This Spitfire Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
* Note that this Spitfire Instrument is pictured with a 1/48 scale model rather than the standard detailed, but smaller 1/72 scale. Click on the ‘Model Upgrade' option at the top of this page for the larger 1/48 scale.
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The underside of this Spitfire Morse Code Light carries the Air Ministry ‘AM & Crown’ markings denoting a manufacture prior to the end of 1943. Beneath the Air Ministry stamp is the Ref No. 5C/914 which is repeated around the end of the bakelite bulb screw mounting.
Your Spitfire Morse Code Communication Light, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft,* or 1/72 scale Die-Cast model
- 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.
While the 1/72 scale Die-Cast Spitfire model comes with a 'wheels up or down' option, the canopy is sealed and the Squadron markings and camouflage are preset.
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 3 - 4 weeks approx.
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