WW II US Army Airforce Aircraft – TYPE B5 DRIFT METER – B-17 B-24 B-25 – SUPERB!


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You are bidding on a FANTASTIC used example of a WW2 US Army Airforce Type B-5 Drift Meter!  This was used in various Bomber and Reconnaissance aircraft!


Drift gauges had various functions for navigation (course corrections based on wind speed and direction) and bombing (standard and parachute).  They were also used for flight testing, systems calibration, and weather monitoring.

The B-5 drift meter is used to measure the angle between the heading of the aircraft and its actual path over the ground, thus used to correct the course of the aircraft. The instrument’s viewing port projects from the side of the aircraft. When viewing the ground through the eyepiece while in flight, the navigator observes the travel of fixed objects across the lens. With a pencil mounted in the receptacle on the movable arm, these objects are tracked across the lens and their path transferred in pencil to the recording pad manually by the navigator. Once done, the drift angle is determined and course correction calculated and communicated to the pilot.


Made of brass, aluminum and steel, this Drift Meter is in EXCELLENT used condition!  Some slight marks and wear due to the age, but VERY solid, and is 100% mechanically functional!  All knobs and dials rotate and adjust as they should.  Made by Eastman Kodak, the data plate still remains, and is clearly legible!  Manufactured in 1944, it was used during the war.  Optics are NEAR PERFECT, with only slight spotting.  This can easily be cleaned-up, as the optics are easily accessible.  Rubber is still nice and soft.  I have shown its location in the last photos.  Would make a SUPERB addition to any collection or display!


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Most of my items are vintage, and as such are AS-IS, so you must therefore expect a degree of wear due to age and/or usage. I will describe each auction to the best of my knowledge and take as many photos necessary to ensure you are pleased upon receiving your item. All sales are final, so please make sure your questions are answered to your satisfaction before you purchase. 


——————- ABOUT ME —————– 

Although my passion is the Me109, I do offer many other German Aircraft (Fw190, Me262, etc.), as well as USAF and Japanese items. Occasionally I do offer many non-vintage items such as prints and art relating to the time period. As a private collector myself, I am constantly on the lookout for historical memorabilia, authentic photographs, artwork or anything unique relating to military aircraft.  


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