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You are bidding on an EXTREMELY RARE example of a WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Type 3 Flight Navigation Computer!  This computer was used by both fighter pilots and navigators throughout the war.


Pilots and flight personnel used this device to accurately plot the flight bath to their destination.  It would aid in the calculation of time, speed, distance, airspeed, pressures, densities and temperature.  Carried without the cockpit, this was the produced between 1941 and 1945.  Resembling a hand-held fan or ping pong paddle, these computers were considered to be somewhat heavy, considering they were designed for use in an aircraft.  When not in use, thy could be suspended by a hook and chain.

 Saburo Sakai mentions using this flight computer quite extensively, and jokingly wrote that it doubled quite nicely as as a hand-held fan when in a warm cockpit. 


Made of a lightweight aluminum between 1944 and 1945, this paddle style flight computer is in SUPERB used condition!  It could properly calculate Time, Speed, Distance, and Altitude Pressure/Density.  Some marks, scratches and wear, but nothing that detracts.  Produced later in the war, it features a wood handle, as opposed to aluminum.  Interestingly, this is the ONLY Army variant I have seen (all others are Navy)…making it EXCEEDINGLY RARE!   Like most Japanese items is an VERY RARE, PERFECT for 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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