One essential qualification for all RAF Spitfire pilots, was to be able to read and send morse code at a minimum speed of 15 words per minute.
Mounted on the starboard wall of the Spitfire's cockpit, just below the spare gunsight bulb rack and connected to a small tear-drop just aft of the aircraft’s IFF antenna, the Morse Code Key was used for air to air communication with other fighters nearby when radio silence was required.
Transmitting morse whilst controling a high powered fighter and scanning the skies around you for enemy aircraft would have been a challenge for any pilot but with the firing button on the left of the control column yolk and triggered by the pilot’s right thumb, sending morse code also meant swapping hands to fly the Spitfire with the left, whilst communicating with the right.
The origional Morse Code Sender Keys were all metal but by mid 1940, the more easliy produced bakeltite models were being fitted into most British fighters. Designated 'Type B' this model is one of the second runs of the new bakelite moulded units.
As far as can be determined, this Morse Code Sender Key seems to have all its components and appears in full working order.
Imagine combining this with the Spitfire Morse Code Lamp Aircraft Collectable, adding a globe and battery and sending your own Spitfire Morse Code! Send a note through our contact page to discuss a special deal for them both.
This is an extremely rare example of an early Spitfire Morse Code Sender Key and would make a fantastic unique and treasured, original aircraft collectable from a bygone era of one of the world’s most iconic fighter aircraft.
Mounted in its 100yr old, hand-crafted Mango Wood display stand with engraved plaque and highly detailed scale model of a Supermarine Spitfire perched atop its magnetic display arm, plus a detailed laminated Fact Sheet featuring a photo of the instrument in the Spitfire cockpit, this Recovery Curios Aircraft Collectable would make a perfect gift for the pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life.
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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Your Spitfire Type B 5c/373 Morse Code Sender Key, 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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