WW1 German Aircraft Fliegertruppe – MG14/17 GUNSIGHT – Fokker Albatros – RARE!


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You are bidding on a SUPERB and VERY RARE example of a WW1 German Aircraft Fliegertruppe 3x Scope / Aiming Sight!  Used specifically with the air cooled MG14/17, this was mounted on various aircraft in both the forward firing, and rear firing positions.

The Parabellum MG 14/17 was a 7.92 mm caliber World War I machine gun built by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken. It was a redesign of the Maschinengewehr 08 machine gun (itself an adaptation of the Maxim gun) system intended for use on aircraft and zeppelins.  

There appears to be no action or receiver parts interchangeable with the MG08.  The MG 08’s belt-style ammunition feed was enclosed in a drum, the recoil casing was lightened and the cooling jacket was modified for air- instead of water-cooling. The rate of fire was 700 rounds/minute. The belt was reduced to 30 mm in width.

An MG 14/17 was used in the early development of the German version of the gun synchroniser by Anthony Fokker.  The MG 14 was used with the first version of the pioneering Fokker Stangensteuerung synchronizer on the five Fokker M.5K/MG pre-production prototypes for the Fokker E.I.  However, the limited supplies of the weapon were more urgently needed for observers in reconnaissance aircraft and defensive gunners aboard Zeppelins and heavier-than-air bombers and it was reserved for flexible mounts where its combination of light weight and high rate of fire were most useful.

The  MG 14/17 did make one important contribution to the fixed forward-firing LMG 08 and LMG’s 08/15 guns, in that their 30mm wide cloth ammunition belt was compatible with those weapons, The fixed forward-firing guns used fixed ammunition feed guides and judging by surviving photographs, the belts were used exclusively by the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte for all fixed forward-firing guns. The belts can be readily identified by two grommets (instead of three for the wider MG 08 and MG 08/15 belts used by ground forces) and the lack of extended brass tab (also used by the MG 08 and MG 08/15 ground guns). This not only reduced weight and bulk but it also allowed for much lighter and smaller empty belt chutes, which came out of all LMG 08’s and LMG 08/15’s and led down into storage bins in the aircraft. At least three versions survive, a water cooled, an air cooled and a 14/17 version with a 3x telescopic sight.

Made of solid brass, aluminum, and steel by Oigee, Berlin, this scope is in EXCELLENT used condition!  Though it is over 100 years old, it still retains almost ALL the original paint and finish…and the markings are VERY clear!  Though there is some slight spotting on the objective lens (should be an easy fix), the optics are VERY CLEAR!  One scratch on the lens, but it does not deract.  Features and original lens filter for used in bright situations on the aircraft.  As it was originally mounted on an aircraft, there is some slight rust and pitting from the elements, but nothing that detracts.  The data information is still clearly impressed into the front plate, and indicates:



M.G. 5879

A couple screws are missing, but still retains the VERY RARE sun shield!  The eye cup has deteriorated due to the age, and is very fragile.  Measuring approx 16″ long, I have shown the EXACT aiming scope in use in the last photos.  Having never seen two others in the last 20 years, it would make a PERFECT 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.


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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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