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Rare 1949 Post War, Air Ministry 490kt Air Speed Indicator installed in the British and Australian carrier-launched, marinised version of the Spitfire, the Supermarine Seafire.

The British Admiralty had long been keen on obtaining a more heavily armed and faster replacement for their carrier/slingshot Sea Hurricane’s but the Air Ministry had resisted claiming that all Spitfires were required for the defence of the British mainland.

padding-left:20px;padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:20px;Eventually, the Air Ministry relented and a small squadron of marinised Spitfires, now designated the Supermarine Seafire were delivered to the Admiralty in late 1941.

Despite initial problems with understrength undercarriages and a limited operational range the Supermarine Seafire was used with great success as a ground support and cover fighter for in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and the Normandy landings. 

Additional squadrons of Seafires joined Royal Navy’s Far East Pacific Fleet providing critical air-cover against the Japanese dive bombers and kamikaze attacks.

During the post war period the Seafire remained the Royal Navy's primary air-support fighter and saw action in the opening months of the Korean War before being replaced by the new, high powered Hawker Sea Fury fighter/bomber.

With a production date of 1949, this Air Ministry stamped Mk 9G 6/A3146 490kt Airspeed Indicator was installed at the top of the Supermarine Seafire's main flying panel adjacent to the aircraft's Artificial Horizon and just above the Altimeter.

With its undamaged bakelite case and clear, scratch-free glass face, this Air Ministry 490kt Air Speed Indicator presents an amazing opportunity to secure a rare piece of Korean War aviation history from an operational Supermarine Seafire.  

Mounted on a stylish 100yr old Mango Wood Display Stand with engraved plaque and a highly detailed 1/72 or 1/48 scale  model of this British carrier-launched version of the iconic Spitfire, the Supermarine Seafire perched above, on its magnetic display arm and detailed Fact Sheet, it’s an ideal gift for any aviation enthusiast.

This Supermarine Seafire 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 Supermarine Seafire, Air Ministry 490kt Air Speed 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

The 1/72 or 1/48 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic model is available with ‘wheels & flaps up or down’, ‘cockpit open or closed’ and ‘wings open or folded’ in a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.

*To opt for the larger, more detailed 1/48 scale model simply click on the 1/4 scale tab at the top of the page

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 6 - 8 weeks approx.

Did you fly, crew or maintain a Supermarine Seafire or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.