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6A/387 - Compass Corrector/Deviation Card holder

6A/387 - Compass Corrector/Deviation Card holder

£25.00

6A/387 - Compass card corrector holder

Available in black only

Please advise as to which you require. (RAF Form 316 not included but available to buy seperately)
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RAF Form 316 - Compass Corrector/Deviation Card

RAF Form 316 - Compass Corrector/Deviation Card

£5.00

RAF Form 316.

In an unused (1936 dated) compass corrector form.

Holder not included however is available to buy seperately.
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5CW/726 - Switch Dimmer

5CW/726 - Switch Dimmer

£24.30

5CW/726 - Switch Dimmer
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6A/269-B - Rubber watch holder

6A/269-B - Rubber watch holder

£75.00

6A/269-W Rubber watch holder.

This is a later, black version of the inter-war white holder. It was used mainly on bombers to hold a stop watch as pictured, and post war in a number of applications including knee-boards for test pilots.

Note: the stop watch is not included.
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5CY/2696 - Spring Small

5CY/2696 - Spring Small

£9.66

5CY/2696 - Spring Small, Ex mod Military electrical spares and aircraft Spare parts

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5CX - 4072 Ring, Mounting

5CX - 4072 Ring, Mounting

5CX/560 - Glass Clear

5CX/560 - Glass Clear

£36.18

5CX/560 - Glass Clear. The picture shows the glass 5CX/560 assembled to Lamp Base 5CX/559 (also available but sold as a separate item).
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5U/2712 Rotary voltage booster Type 1 12 Volt

5U/2712 Rotary voltage booster Type 1 12 Volt

£234.00

Rotary Voltage Booster Type 1
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Air Speed Indicator - Civilian Type

Air Speed Indicator - Civilian Type

£596.00

1 only in stock.
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6A/3451 - Accelerometer

6A/3451 - Accelerometer

£426.00


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5CW/4516 - Switch, cut-out for propeller feathering

5CW/4516 - Switch, cut-out for propeller feathering

£192.00


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Aero Vintage Ltd


Aero Vintage Limited (AV) was formed in 1982 by Guy Black as a hobby with the idea of acquiring a small collection of vintage aircraft.

In 1990, Guy decided that there should be a theme to the aircraft he was collecting, which would be generated around the principle aeroplanes, being Rolls-Royce engined. So starting with an original 1917 Bristol Fighter along with the Hawker biplanes.

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Historic Aircraft Collection


The Historic Aircraft Collection (HAC) was formed by Guy Black and Angus Spencer-Nairn to restore and operate a collection of piston engined military aircraft.

HAC operate Spitfire Mk. Vb (G-MKVB), Hawker Hurricane XIIa (G-HURI), Hawker Nimrod II (G-BURZ) and Hawker Fury (G-CBZP)

We estimate that over 1 million members of the public watch our aircraft at displays each year.

Behind the scenes, a lot of restoration work is taking place, which in the next few years, will return a number of unique aircraft to the skies.

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Retrotec Ltd


The Specialist Historic Aircraft Restoration and Engineering Company

Retrotec Ltd. is recognised as one of the world’s premier aircraft restoration facilities. The company is the organisation consistently used by both the Historic Aircraft Collection and Aero Vintage Limited, both pre-eminent collectors of historic aircraft.

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Yak-1
History
- The aircraft was built by Westland Aircraft in Yeovil, October 1941. as part of a batch of 185
aircraft which made up their third Spitfire order, placed against Contract No. 124305/40 in
October 1941. This aircraft bears the firewall c/n WWA 3832 and formed part of the first
serial batch EF 526-570, being delivered to No. 6 M.U., Brize Norton on 15 February 1943. It was flown north to No. 215 M.U. at Tinwald Downs, Dumfries, where, following its arrival on
24 February 1943, it was packed for overseas shipment and taken on board freighter SS
Asphalian on 5 March 1943.

- Following arrival in Australia, on 17 May, the crated Spitfire, together with the rest of the
shipment, were taken to No. 1 A.P. (Aircraft Park), Laverton, Victoria, where it was taken on
charge by the Royal Australian Air Force on 20 May. On 7 June it was issued to No. 1 A.D.
(Aircraft Depot) also at Laverton, before being allotted to the Reserve Pool operated by No.
13 A.R.D. (Aircraft Repair Depot), at Breddan, Queensland, on 16 June where it was
received on 26 June - remaining with the unit until it was issued to No. 79 Sqdn, R.A.A.F. on
9 September.

- F/Sgt. Turner picked up EF545 from Breddan and flew the aircraft to Garbutt then to
Cooktown and on to Horn Island on 11 September. On the 12 September F/Sgt. Turner continued to Port Moresby, where, according to a note on the record card, the aircraft was "stood on nose after tyre failure" and allotted to No. 15 A.R.D. for "complete repairs". The repairs were completed quickly and the aircraft re-allocated to the squadron on 18
September although the unit O.R.B. (Operations Record Book) indicates that F/Sgt. Turner landed at Kiriwana at 17.10 on 16 September.

- In service with No. 79 Sqdn EF545 was coded "UP-O".

- R.A.A.F Detail of Operations records show EF545 was flown by F/L. Wettenhall, F/O Hopton and F/O Voges.

- From the 29 November the squadron's aircraft were renumbered with R.A.A.F. numbers. EF545 was numbered A58-149.

- On 13 November 1943 it suffered a wheels-up landing and although deemed repairable sadly the Spitfire met its end on 15 December 1943 when It ignited and was badly damaged and converted to spares.

- It remained abandoned at Kiriwina airfield until it was discovered by Charles Darby in 1972
with the assistance of David Tallichet.

- The remains of this Spitfire was one of three transported to Lae in 1974 from where they
passed through several locations within New Zealand.

- Ultimately the remains of the EF545 were identified by Chris Warrillow who transported them
to the UK and then into the ownership of Aero Vintage Ltd in December 2001.

- The registration G-CDGY was reserved on 19 January, 2005.


This aircraft represents a fantastically rare opportunity to acquire a genuine early mark Spitfire with the 'short' Merlin engine. Acknowledged to be amongst the most delightful of Spitfires to fly, it is light, aerobatic and relatively easy to manage and fly.

It is almost impossible today to find a complete and unrestored Spitfire, and so this project, which came close to being lost for all time, is now one of the last genuine projects available.


During the aircraft's last ownership, a static fuselage was built that was neither accurate nor capable of flight, so the remaining original parts were retained and the static fuselage, which contained nothing of any value, was disposed of and a new fuselage assembly projected for manufacture incorporating as many original parts as is possible. So far the tail unit has been completed, but a start has been made into the construction of the fuselage.

The degraded wings, but with numerous parts re-useable, will be incorporated into the rebuild, together with the many other original items that have been gathered together over the years. The list is appended at the end.
History