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This instrument panel has been in a local antique store for a couple years now, just sitting at the bottom of a shelf. I’ve always wondered about it and finally got around to getting some pictures of it. I have very little if any knowledge about US aircraft instrumentation. That being said I’m guessing the panel came out of a interwar training aircraft, judging by the lack of sophistication and that one of the gauges is marked “Aviation Section US Signal Corps”. I’ve eyed it in the past to buy but never have asked the owner how much (which may be the reason it’s still there). Either way I figured the aircraft and instrument collecting crowds would be interested in seeing this. Any more light that could be shed on this panel would be great as well!

 

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Interested in items related to:

-Amarillo A.A.F. / Amarillo Air Force Base

-Military instillations located in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, and West Texas.

-"F" Company, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division (Texas National Guard)

-413th Civil Affairs Battalion (USAR)

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In Memoriam:

CSM Juan H. Hernandez - U.S. Army WWII, Korea, Vietnam

RM1c William C. Denney - U.S.S. McDermut (DD-677) Korea

 

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Definitely early. Possibly from a pre WW1 US Curtis JN3 or maybe even a Burgess?


Always looking for WW1 28th Division; anything, papers, field gear, uniforms, etc.

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very early...........i'd go for it if it wasn't too expensive but I know how antique shops can be


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That is uber cool, be interesting to hear how much it is.


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Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

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Yikes! :blink:

 

Don't see those come around very often!


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Some of that hardware, especially the Phillips head screws look much newer than the panel and instruments in it. I wonder if someone had a partial panel and added filler instruments later?

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very early...........i'd go for it if it wasn't too expensive but I know how antique shops can be

That is uber cool, be interesting to hear how much it is.

 

I'd love to know the asking price !

Thanks for the comments so far! I stopped by the store again and asked him how much he wanted for it and he said $750. Not my area of expertise but it seems pretty high. He claimed it came from a 1930s PT Stearman, which seems highly unlikely.

Interested in items related to:

-Amarillo A.A.F. / Amarillo Air Force Base

-Military instillations located in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, and West Texas.

-"F" Company, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division (Texas National Guard)

-413th Civil Affairs Battalion (USAR)

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In Memoriam:

CSM Juan H. Hernandez - U.S. Army WWII, Korea, Vietnam

RM1c William C. Denney - U.S.S. McDermut (DD-677) Korea

 

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I think it's worth at least $750, even if some of the instruments had been added later the value of each instrument would make it ok... The compass alone would sell for at least $400 as would the altimeter and RPM meter...… what might be even more interesting is the mounted pocket watch… if it is an issue timepiece.

 

I'd buy it even if it was to pass it onto someone who collects or restores antique aircraft.

 

cheers, John


Interested in US Naval and Marine aviation history, aircrew wings & insignia.

WW2 US Navy and Marine Grumman Wildcat, Avenger & Douglas SBD aircraft.

Also interested in US 5th AF in Australia.


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