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Altimeters

RAF Wartime Altimeters are generic instruments. The aircraft shown in our adds did use the Altimeters shown but they may of coarse been used in a different type of aircraft with matching performance for that date. If you are not sure what Altimeter you require then please contact us and I will do my best to advise you on the most suitable purchase. The altimeters are described as accurately as possible but would require a full inspection before being used for flying and all items are sold as such.

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  £265

MK XIV Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 50)

Here is a MK XIV altimeter seen in practically every wartime RAF aircraft from Spitfire to Lancaster. Visually in good original condition nothing moves when the knob is turned.

Dated 1941

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Out of stock more wanted please contact me

MK XIV Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 49)

Here is a MK XIV altimeter seen in practically every wartime RAF aircraft from Spitfire to Lancaster. Visually in good original condition the lower scale moves when the knob is turned but the hands do not respond. There is no date other than a service date of 1944.

6A/685

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  £275

Luftwaffe Altimeter FL 22316-6 (Ins pg3 Altimeter 48)

Here is a German altimeter FL 22316-6  fitted to the Ju52, Ar79, Bu131, Bu133, Si202, and DFS230

The Ju 52 was obsolete as a bomber by 1939, but because of its durability, simplicity of design and handling characteristics, it continued to serve throughout World War II as a versatile workhorse of the German transport fleet. For a period, Adolf Hitler used a Ju 52 as his private transport. Ju 52s delivered the attacking forces and their supplies during the German invasion of Norway, Denmark, France and the Low Countries in 1940. Almost 500 Ju 52s participated in the historic airborne assault on the island of Crete in May 1941, and Junkers later supplied Rommel's armored forces in North Africa.

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  £275

Luftwaffe Altimeter FL 22312 1939 (Ins pg3 Altimeter 47)

Here is a German altimeter FL 22312 fitted to the DFS Glider. The DFS 230 was a German transport glider operated by the Luftwaffe in World War II.

 It was developed in 1933 by the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug with Hans Jacobs as the head designer.

The glider was the German inspiration for the British Hotspur glider and was intended for airborne assault operations.

Dated 1939

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RAF Mk XIV Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 46 ) 

 6A/535

Here is a classic MK XIV altimeter the most commonly used altimeter by the RAF, RCAF and the RAAF during WWII.  Used in practically every type of aircraft from Spitfire to Lancaster these are getting very hard to find.  . Unfortunately the case was damaged and cracked at the back please enlarge the pictures and so is for display only.

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  £195

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Altimeter MK XIV (Ins pg3 Altimeter 45)

MK XIV altimeter in good condition the knob turns smoothly and the hands respond as they should

These altimeters are designed for use with aircraft with pressurised cabins and have strengthened cases and read to 45000 Ft.

6A/1512

 

  Out of stock more wanted please contact me

 
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 Altimeter MK XIV (Ins pg3 Altimeter 44)

Beautiful handmade wooden model 1932 Rhonadler sailplane mounted with a working MK XIII altimeter.

Altimeter dated 1940

20761/40

 

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Out of stock

 
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Slingsby glider Altimeter MK XIV (Ins pg3 Altimeter 43)

The Slingsby T.7 Kirby Cadet is a British training glider designed and built by Slingsby that first flew in 1935 and saw service with the RAF for use by the Air Training Corps as the Cadet TX.1 throughout the 1950, 1960s and 1970.

This altimeter dates from 1942 and was serviced in 1944.

Mk XIV

 

  £275

 

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Altimeter Mk XIIID  (Ins pg3 Altimeter 42 ) 

These altimeters work on the aneroid principle and are referred to as simple altimeters.

The altimeter is calibrated according to isothermal law, which assumes a constant temperature of 10 degrees C at all heights. The altimeters tended to give large errors at height and a computer is required to establish a true figure. This range of altimeters was gradually replaced in operational aircraft at the out break of war.  However they remained in service for many years and are sometimes seen in in the second pilots position of larger aircraft including the Sunderland and Stirling. The glass is slightly lose.

Mk XIIID

  £95

 

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Stuka JU 87 altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 1 ) 

Here is a altimeter used in the JU 87 the infamous Stuka dive bomber. It appears to be in good working order the needle moves when the knob is turned. Also used in the AR 234 the worlds first operational jet bomber.

Below the Stuka JU 87

Below the Arado AR 234

 £295

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FW 190 Luftwaffe Altimeter  FL 22320 (Ins pg3 Altimeter 2 ) 

An absolutely stunning example of a German WWII Altimeter , like the British versions it was used in a number of aircraft including  FW190  BF 109 and the ME 262 and probably most other German WWII aircraft

It appears to be in serviceable condition and the hands move when the knob is turned.

Seen in situ below in a BF 109 cockpit.

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Out of stock more required please contact me

 

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RFC WWI Altimeter 2 (Ins pg3 Altimeter 5) 

Here is a Altimeter used by the RFC in WWI in Good original condition.

Mark VB Non Luminous

Designed for Larger Aircraft that Fly Above the Weather

The outer Dial moves so that it could be calibrated prior to take off

Manufactured by Short and Mason

Out of stock more always wanted please contact me.

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RFC WWI Altimeter  (Ins pg3 Altimeter 5A) 

Here is a Altimeter used by the RFC in WWI

Nos 1589 made by Smith & Sons of London  Non Luminous

It is in excellent condition the face moves as it should when the knob is turned. These basically work like a barometer on air pressure.

 £950

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RFC WWI Altimeter 3 (Ins pg3 Altimeter 40) 

Here is a 6 Altimeter used by the RFC in WWI

Mark V Luminous

The Face on the Dial has deteriorated and the Knob has Seized

It has the War Department Arrow with an A that Denotes Aircraft Use

Manufactured by W.A.S Benson & Co Ltd

 £300

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Altimeter 1938 (Ins pg3 Altimeter 6 ) 

Shown below the now extinct Short Stirling.

Mk XIIID

  Dated 1939

Pre WWII dated  fitted on the Beaufighter (Observer panel), Oxford and numerous bomber's observer panel like the Stirling.  

The adjusting knob is missing so for display only. 

£95

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 Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 7 ) 

Air Ministry Marked 6A/437

 Dated 1939

A  Battle of France era altimeter, these were fitted on Blenhiem , Beaufighter (Observer panel), Oxford and numerous bomber's observer panel like the Stirling.

The Knob is Seized so for Display Only

  £95

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Altimeter Mk XIIID  (Ins pg3 Altimeter 8 ) 

These altimeters work on the aneroid principle and are referred to as simple altimeters. The altimeter is calibrated according to isothermal law, which assumes a constant temperature of 10 degrees C at all heights. The altimeters tended to give large errors at height and a computer is required to establish a true figure. This range of altimeters was gradually replaced in operational aircraft at the out break of war.  However they remained in service for many years and are sometimes seen in in the second pilots position of larger aircraft including the Sunderland and Stirling.

Air Ministry Ref: 6A/437

Very Early pre War Dated 1936

The Knob turns However the Face Does not move

  £95

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Mk 111 A Altimeter Contacting Dive Bomber Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 9 ) 

A contacting altimeter gives a warning or signal at a pre determined height. The Mk 111A  shown here was standard equipment in a number of Fleet air arm dive bombers. The purpose of this altimeter was to warn the pilot to pull out of the dive. Very good original condition.

The Blackburn Skua was an idiosyncratic aircraft. Designed for the British Fleet Air Arm to perform as both fighter and dive bomber, it performed neither task particularly well.

Nevertheless, the Skua had the honour of being the first British aircraft to claim an aerial victory in World War Two. The victim was a Dornier Do 18 shot down by two Skuas on 26 September, 1939. Skuas were also responsible for the destruction of the first Axis capital ship of the war, sinking the German cruiser Konigsberg in 1940.

Mk.IIIA

6A/1846

Seen under the Blackburn Skua dive bomber.

 

Four available

  £95

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Grumman Avenger altitude switch (Ins pg3 Altimeter 10 ) 

Here we have a mint condition altitude limit switch. This aircraft used as a torpedo by both the RAF and USAF famously during the intense carrier battles of the Pacific war. This instrument  assisted in attaining the correct height for torpedo drops.

The Avenger entered U.S. service in 1942, and first saw action during the Battle of Midway. Despite losing five of the six Avengers on its combat debut, it survived in service to become one of the outstanding torpedo bombers of WWII .

Grumman Avenger in US Service

 

Grumman Avenger in RAF Service

 

 

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Airspeed Contact unit 1939 (Ins pg3 Altimeter ) 

This is the first instrument of this type I have seen, it is similar in design to the contact altimeter which gives the pilot an audible warning at which ever altitude it is set. My best informed guess is that instrument is some sort of stall warning instrument and would give a warning at the set airspeed.

Air Ministry Ref: 6K/21

Dated 1939

It is in good condition apart from some slight damage to the plug connection as seen in the picture.

Any further information gratefully received discounts available for info supplied. Contact us.

Out of stock more required please contact me

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Altimeter Mk XVIIA (Ins pg3 Altimeter 12 ) 

Air Ministry Ref: 6A/1538

Mk XVIIA

Fitted to Navigators panels of Lancaster's and other RAF Bombers. The needle turns in response to the adjuster knob.

Out of stock

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Altimeter MK XIV A (Ins pg3 Altimeter 14 ) 

Mk XIV A Altimeter the knob turns and it appears to be in good condition

A/M 6A/3380

Mk XIV A

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Out of stock

 

 

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Altimeter  (Ins pg3 Altimeter 17 ) 

Nice condition Training  Altimeter

Manufactured by Air Trainers Ltd for a ground Instrument Trainer

 Many of these can been seen in flying Spitfire's today and were used in later Mk's of all RAF WWII and post war fighters.

Not sure if this works so sold as display only.

£125

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 £175

Kollsman Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 21 ) 

Kollsman altimeter in good original condition. This one only has a single needle, which moves as it should when the knob is rotated. No Air ministry markings or date but this type was used in wartime RAF aircraft and fits the standard Blind Flying Panel.

 

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Kollsman Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 21A ) 

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Kollsman altimeter in good original condition. The lower scale moves but the hands do not respond when the knob is turned. No Air ministry markings or date but this type was used in wartime RAF aircraft and fits the standard Blind Flying Panel.

 

 

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 £75

Kollsman Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 22 ) 

Kollsman altimeter in good original condition.

The hands do not respond to the tuning knob so for display only.

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Out of stock more wanted please contact me

Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 23 ) 

Nice altimeter fitted to the navigators position in Lancaster's and other RAF aircraft. Needle turns freely.

Dated 1943

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Altimeter Mk XIII  (Ins pg3 Altimeter 24 ) 

These altimeters work on the aneroid principle and are referred to as simple altimeters. The altimeter is calibrated according to isothermal law, which assumes a constant temperature of 10 degrees C at all heights. The altimeters tended to give large errors at height and a computer is required to establish a true figure. This range of altimeters was gradually replaced in operational aircraft at the out break of war.  However they remained in service for many years and are sometimes seen in in the second pilots position of larger aircraft including the Sunderland and Stirling.

6A/1743

Mk XIIID

Service date of 1943

  £95

 

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Altimeter Mk XIII  (Ins pg3 Altimeter 25) 

These altimeters work on the aneroid principle and are referred to as simple altimeters. The altimeter is calibrated according to isothermal law, which assumes a constant temperature of 10 degrees C at all heights. The altimeters tended to give large errors at height and a computer is required to establish a true figure. This range of altimeters was gradually replaced in operational aircraft at the out break of war.  However they remained in service for many years and are sometimes seen in in the second pilots position of larger aircraft including the Sunderland and Stirling.

6A/1743

MK. XIIID

Service dates of 1943 and 1944

  £95

 

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Altimeter Mk XIII  (Ins pg3 Altimeter 26) 

These altimeters work on the aneroid principle and are referred to as simple altimeters. The altimeter is calibrated according to isothermal law, which assumes a constant temperature of 10 degrees C at all heights. The altimeters tended to give large errors at height and a computer is required to establish a true figure. This range of altimeters was gradually replaced in operational aircraft at the out break of war.  However they remained in service for many years and are sometimes seen in in the second pilots position of larger aircraft including the Sunderland and Stirling.

Mk. XIIID

This one comes with the fitting for the pipe work. The knob will only turn a few mm

Dated 1940

  £95

 

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Lancaster Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 28) 

Nice altimeter fitted to the navigators position in Lancaster's and other RAF aircraft. needle does not adjust so for display only

Mk XVIIA

6A/1538

Lancaster navigators station shown under.

£95

 

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Out of stock more wanted

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WWI RFC Aero Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 29) 

This is a superb and rare piece from WWI the Compensated Aero altimeter was worn on the wrist and read to 10,000 ft. Worn by aircrew during WWI it has an extra long strap to enable it to be worn around flying glove. This type of compass was in use from the earliest days of flight before instruments were fitted to aircraft  It is in excellent condition and work's well. The bezel rotates to allow calibration

 

Under is an article from flight magazine of 1915 showing a similar wrist altimeter. These were precision instruments and hugely expensive at the time the example shown below being for sale at £3 17s 6d in 1915 the equivalent today would be over £900.

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BF 109 FW 190 ME 262 Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 29) 

Here is a FL22322 Altimeter used in all the famous German Fighters BF-109/FW-109 ME-262 Jet. Please enlarge the pictures left to see its condition the knob turns freely.

The altimeter is shown above in situ in a BF 109 G

Out of stock more wanted contact me

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Mk XIIID Altimeter 1941 (Ins pg3 Altimeter 30 ) 

These altimeters work on the aneroid principle and are referred to as simple altimeters.

This range of altimeters was gradually replaced in operational aircraft at the out break of war.  However they remained in service for many years and are sometimes seen in in the second pilots position of larger aircraft including the Sunderland and Stirling.

 

Mk XIIID

6A/437

 Dated 1941

The knob freely moves the face

£95

 

 

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Mk XIIID Altimeter 1938 (Ins pg3 Altimeter 30A ) 

These altimeters work on the aneroid principle and are referred to as simple altimeters.

This range of altimeters was gradually replaced in operational aircraft at the out break of war.  However they remained in service for many years and are sometimes seen in in the second pilots position of larger aircraft including the Sunderland and Stirling.

 

Mk XIIID

6A/437

 Dated 1938 with a service date of 1942

The knob freely moves the face. This peace has one lug missing.

£75

 

 

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Mk XIIID Altimeter 1938 (Ins pg3 Altimeter 30B ) 

These altimeters work on the aneroid principle and are referred to as simple altimeters.

This range of altimeters was gradually replaced in operational aircraft at the out break of war.  However they remained in service for many years and are sometimes seen in in the second pilots position of larger aircraft including the Sunderland and Stirling.

 

Mk XIIID

6A/437

 Dated 1938 with a service date of 1942

The knob freely moves the face.

Out of stock

 

 

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Mk XIIID Altimeter 1940 (Ins pg3 Altimeter 30C ) 

These altimeters work on the aneroid principle and are referred to as simple altimeters.

This range of altimeters was gradually replaced in operational aircraft at the out break of war.  However they remained in service for many years and are sometimes seen in in the second pilots position of larger aircraft including the Sunderland and Stirling.

 

Mk XIIID

6A/437

 Dated 1940 with a service date of 1943

The knob is seized.

£85

 

 

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Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 31 ) 

Nice altimeter fitted to the navigators position in Lancaster's and other RAF aircraft.

Mk XVIIA

6A/1538

Dated 1943

The knob freely moves the hands

£95

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Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 32 ) 

Nice altimeter fitted to the navigators position in Lancaster's and other RAF aircraft.

Mk XVIIA

6A/1538

Dated 1943

The knob freely moves the hands

Out of stock

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Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 33 ) 

Smiths Altimeter

Reads to 50,000 ft

Mk 20C(P)

6A/3156

Dated 1943

The knob freely moves however the hands do not move

£75

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Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 36 ) 

Nice altimeter fitted to the navigators position in Lancaster's and other RAF aircraft.

Mk XVIIA

6A/1538

The knob freely moves

£95

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Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 37 ) 

Nice altimeter fitted to the navigators position in Lancaster's and other RAF aircraft.

Mk XVIIA

6A/1538

The knob freely moves

Out of stock

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Kollsman Altimeter (Ins pg3 Altimeter 38 ) 

Here we have a Kollsman Altimeter

The knob is missing so for display only

£75

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Contacting Altimeter Mk.IIIA (Ins pg3 Altimeter 39 ) 

A contacting altimeter gives a warning or signal at a pre determined height. The Mk 111A  shown here was standard equipment in a number of Fleet air arm dive bombers. The purpose of this altimeter was to warn the pilot to pull out of the dive.

Very good original condition.

Ref:6A/1846

Dated 1952

This was used in Aircraft Such as the Sea Fury as well as other FAA Aircraft

£95

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Altimeter Mk XIIID  (Ins pg3 Altimeter 41 ) 

These altimeters work on the aneroid principle and are referred to as simple altimeters. The altimeter is calibrated according to isothermal law, which assumes a constant temperature of 10 degrees C at all heights. The altimeters tended to give large errors at height and a computer is required to establish a true figure. This range of altimeters was gradually replaced in operational aircraft at the out break of war.  However they remained in service for many years and are sometimes seen in in the second pilots position of larger aircraft including the Sunderland and Stirling.

Air Ministry Ref: 6A/1743

 Dated 1936

The Gauge is Boxed in Very Good Condition however the knob has seized

This is different to other Mk. XIIID gauges as it has a cone shaped back

  £95

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Model FA176 Aerial Surveying Altimeter (pg2 misc)

Here we have a Model FA176 Aerial Surveying Altimeter

Serial 7321B

It is in a Good Original Condition

Manufactured by Wallace and Tiernan

It Measures 10" in Diameter

The Body is Made of Aluminium

 It Comes Complete with its Green Canvas Carry Case

This was Used by the US Army Corp of Engineers

During World War II, the Army Corps of Engineers in the European Theatre of Operations was responsible for building countless bridges, including the first and longest floating tactical bridge across the Rhine at Remagen, and building or maintaining roads vital to the Allied advance across Europe into the heart of Germany.

 In the Pacific theatre, the Pioneer troops were formed, a hand-selected unit of volunteer Army combat engineers trained in jungle warfare, knife fighting, and unarmed jujitsu (hand-to-hand combat) techniques. Working in camouflage, the Pioneers cleared jungle and prepared routes of advance and established bridgeheads for the infantry as well as demolishing enemy installations

 

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