WW2 US Navy NAF 1173-1 Aircraft Control grip....
Posted 09 January 2018 - 01:39 PM
two of my favourite WW2 fighter aircraft are the F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat and I've wanted to get the type of grip that was used in them for some time now. It was a bit rough when I found it but with a bit of work it came up looking ok.
The grip is made of Bakelite and was made at the Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the NAF closed production in 1945.
Both the gun button on the front and the bomb button (marked 'B') on the top work. I mounted the grip on a nice timber base with a small USN aviator wing.... I think it looks good, hope you like it......
Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:51 AM
Wow that is nice items from Naval Aircraft. The F4F and F6F have the same 1173 grip?
Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:47 AM
I'm pretty sure that this grip is used in both aircraft types, although there is a 1173-2 grip I don't see any external difference.......
The 1173-3 grip has an extra button on the side and I have seen them on the F7F Tigercat and F8F Bearcat.
maybe someone can jump in with more information.
Edited by Flightpath, 10 January 2018 - 07:57 AM.
Posted 10 January 2018 - 08:33 AM
I was just reading that the with three types of grips, the -1, -2, & -3 indicate the number of switches on the grip.
Almost all 1173-1 grips I have seen had both the trigger and bomb buttons, so may have been upgraded when the F4F started to carry bombs...... just my theory.
I have an original FM1/F4F pilot's manual and it shows the bomb button on the top of the grip, WW2 photos of F6F cockpits show the two buttons also.
Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:23 AM
Thanks for info. Im sure that early grip for F4F was a little bit different than for F6F... soo your theory should be true:
"Almost all 1173-1 grips I have seen had both the trigger and bomb buttons, so may have been upgraded when the F4F started to carry bombs...... just my theory."
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