WW II US Navy Aircraft – CONTROL COLUMN & STICK – Grumman F6F Hellcat – RARE!


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You are bidding on a SUPERB used example of a WW2 US Navy Control Stick Grip (NAF / 1173-2) and Column, as ONLY used in the Grumman F6F Hellcat Carrier-Based Fighter! 


The Grumman F6F Hellcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft of World War II.  Designed to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat and to counter the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero, it was the United States Navy’s dominant fighter in the second half of the Pacific War. In gaining that role, it prevailed over its faster competitor, the Vought F4U Corsair, which had problems with visibility and carrier landings.

Powered by a 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp, the same powerplant used for both the Corsair and the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, the F6F was an entirely new design, but it still resembled the Wildcat in many ways.  Some military observers tagged the Hellcat as the “Wildcat’s big brother”. 

The F6F made its combat debut in September 1943, and was best known for its role as a rugged, well-designed carrier fighter, which was able to outperform the A6M Zero and help secure air superiority over the Pacific theater. In total, 12,275 were built in just over two years. 

Hellcats were credited with destroying a total of 5,223 enemy aircraft while in service with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA).  This was more than any other Allied naval aircraft


This column was the main controls for the aircraft.  It was mounted directly between the pilots legs. 


Made of plastic, steel, and aluminum, this control column is an EXCELLENT used example!  Removed from a wartime aircraft, it still retains 95% of the original paint and finish!  Some slight wear and marks, but nothing that detracts.  All the wiring for the control grip is still attached, and can be seen coming out of the side.  The trigger button does work, but the bomb button is currently stuck (easy fix).  Numerous part numbers and inspections stamps throughout, included a US Navy stamp!  I have shown its location in the last photo.  Would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection, display, or restoration project!


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Payment should be made within 7 business days at the end of the auction unless buyer contacts me for other arrangements. I accept all forms of payment.


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——————- TERMS OF SALE —————–

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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