Original German WWII Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me 109 Bf 109K-4 Cockpit Main Instrument Panel with Original Gauges
Original Items: One of a Kind Set. This is an absolutely FANTASTIC and EXTREMELY RARE offering, perfect for the Luftwaffe, Aviation, or General WWII collector! We previously had a partly replicated example, as well as a lovely control stick display, but this surpasses both and is something that we never expect to see again: an Original German WWII Luftwaffe Bf 109K-4 Cockpit Main Instrument Panel! This was brought home by a US Army Air Forces veteran at the end of WWII, and is pretty much untouched since it was put away for storage decades ago.
The Bf 109, designed by Messerschmidt and often called the ME 109, was one of the two main fighters used by the Luftwaffe during WWII, and it went through many revisions during the war. The final production version of the Bf 109 was the K series or Kurfürst (Elector), introduced in late 1944, powered by the DB 605D engine with up to 2,000 PS (1,471 kW; 1,973 hp). Though externally akin to the late production Bf 109G series, a large number of internal changes and aerodynamic improvements were incorporated that improved its effectiveness and remedied flaws, keeping it competitive with the latest Allied and Soviet fighters. The Bf 109's outstanding rate of climb was superior to many Allied adversaries including the P-51D Mustang, Spitfire Mk. XIV and Hawker Tempest Mk. V. Introduced later in the war, there were approximately 1,700 of the Bf 109K-4 variant produced between August 1944 until March 1945, when production ceased.
As with much of the late G model (Gustav) Bf 109 instrument panels, this example is made of wood, which is correct for all of the K models produced. Late war shortages necessitated this change. The panel is in excellent used condition, showing some oxidation and deterioration, but overall is in great shape. Originally there would have been a third panel surrounding this double panel, which held the ammo counters, but that is not included with this example. We have shown a "reference example" picture of another collector's Bf 109K-4 control, which has all of the levers, buttons, etc. installed along with the ammo counters.
Though some of the instruments have broken free of their rubber shock mountings, all are present except for the compass. All instruments look to still have their indicators intact. The various components look to be complete and undamaged, but there is no way to verify functionality. There are also many of the wires and hoses on the back of the panel still present, which are often lost or destroyed. Measures approximately 23 inches wide by 12 inches high, and probably is about 8 inches deep.
A fantastic collector's opportunity that is unlikely to ever appear again! Ready to display as the centerpiece of your Luftwaffe collection!
The Messerschmitt Bf 109, was a German World War II fighter aircraft that was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. The Bf 109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War (1939) and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II (1945). It was one of the most advanced fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. It was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine. From the end of 1941, the Bf 109 was steadily being supplemented by the superior Focke-Wulf Fw 190.
It was commonly called the Me 109 most often by Allied aircrew and even amongst the German aces themselves even though this was not the official German designation. The "Bf 109" designation was issued by the German ministry of aviation and represents the developing company Bayerische Flugzeugwerke and is a rather arbitrary figure.
It was designed by Willy Messerschmitt (hence Me 109) and Robert Lusser, who worked at Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, during the early to mid-1930s.
Originally conceived as an interceptor, later models were developed to fulfill multiple tasks, serving as bomber escort, fighter-bomber, day-, night-, all-weather fighter, ground-attack aircraft, and as reconnaissance aircraft. It was supplied to and operated by several states during World War II, and served with several countries for many years after the war. The Bf 109 was the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 airframes produced from 1936 up to April 1945.
The Bf 109 was flown by the three top-scoring German fighter aces of World War II, who claimed 928 victories among them while flying with Jagdgeschwader 52, mainly on the Eastern Front. The highest scoring fighter ace of all time, Erich Hartmann, flew the Bf 109 and was credited with 352 aerial victories. The aircraft was also flown by Hans-Joachim Marseille, the highest scoring German ace in the North African Campaign who achieved 158 aerial victories. It was also flown by several other aces from Germany's allies, notably Finn Ilmari Juutilainen, the highest scoring non-German ace on the type, and pilots from Italy, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria and Hungary. Through constant development, the Bf 109 remained competitive with the latest Allied fighter aircraft until the end of the war.
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