VINTAGE ORIGINAL AIRCRAFT INSTRUMENTS

0450hrs and you’re returning from a nightmare bombing run over Bremen.

Outer starboard engine - feathered; no response from your rear gunner or wireless operator; gaping holes in the fuselage; oil streaming from two of the remaining three Rolls-Royce Merlin engines and somewhere below, approaching you at over 275 mph, is your airfield - blacked out and shrouded in fog.

In front of your control column, just left and below the airspeed indicator, you cast nervous glances at the two intermittent flashing lights and buzzers from the Lancaster’s Beam Approach Indicator as you struggle to manoeuvre 17 tonnes of labouring aircraft just enough to get a steady uninterrupted response from both. That response will hopefully indicate you are approximately aligned to the runway somewhere out there in the darkness. Wheels down, heart racing - you say a prayer...


In recognition and celebration of our aviation heroes, Recovery Curios is delighted to be able to offer an incredible opportunity to claim your very own piece of iconic, aviation history with a Recovery Curios Original Warbird Instrument Collectable. These are NOT reproductions. These are rare and never-to-be-seen-again, ORIGINAL cockpit instruments and artefacts fitted and flown in some of the most legendary and iconic wartime and postwar military aircraft. 

Produced in Cairns, Far North Queensland, each original instrument comes mounted in its own, hand-crafted and beautifully polished, 100yr old Mango Wood stand with an engraved plaque and removable magnetic arm on which rests a highly detailed, 1/72 or 1/48 scale custom-made or quality die-cast model aircraft. To complete this fantastic presentation, a high-quality printed & laminated Instrument Fact Sheet is also included which features details of the aircraft and the function of the instrument. 

A Recovery Curios Warbird Original Instrument Collectable makes an amazing and unforgettable birthday or anniversary gift for someone special or simply an incredible keepsake for yourself and is guaranteed to be a stunning conversation piece for any home or office. We also specialise in personalised orders which are a fantastic way to remember a fallen or deceased loved one or to say a special thank-you to an elderly relative or friend who flew, crewed or maintained one of these iconic warbirds - See our Personalised Warbird Collectables here.

To secure your Recovery Curios Warbird original instrument collectable, simply click on the desired Aircraft below to view the instruments available. New stock is arriving daily.

Choose your aircraft & pick your instrument...

  • VICKERS WELLINGTON

  • HANDLEY PAGE VICTOR BOMBER

  • DE HAVILLAND SEA VENOM

  • GRUMMAN S2F TRACKER

  • SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE

  • LOCKHEED P2-V NEPTUNE

  • P-51 MUSTANG

  • BRISTOL BEAUFIGHTER

  • DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO

  • B-26 MARTIN MARAUDER

  • P3 ORION

  • P-39 AIRACOBRA

  • B-17 FLYING FORTRESS

  • B-24 LIBERATOR

  • MESSERSCHMITT BF-110

  • KAWASAKI Ki-45 (NICK) INTERCEPTOR

  • CAC BOOMERANG

  • AVRO LANCASTER

  • F4U VOUGHT CORSAIR

  • HAWKER TYPHOON

  • P-47 REPUBLIC THUNDERBOLT

  • C-47 SKYTRAIN

  • DOUGLAS SBD DAUNTLESS

  • CAC WIRRAWAY

  • P-40 WARHAWK

  • FAIREY SWORDFISH

  • P-38 LIGHTNING

  • HAWKER HURRICANE

  • GRUMMAN F6F HELLCAT

  • SEAKING HELICOPTER

  • SEAHAWK HELICOPTER

  • DOUGLAS A4G SKYHAWK

  • HANDLEY PAGE HALIFAX

  • DOUGLAS SKYRAIDER AE-1

  • GLOSTER METEOR

  • F-86 SABRE JET

  • B-29 SUPER FORTRESS

  • F-9F GRUMMAN PANTHER

  • F-100D SUPER SABRE

  • BELL UH-1 HUEY HELICOPTER

  • AVRO VULCAN STRATEGIC BOMBER

  • CANBERRA BOMBER