Your Favourite Control Column Stick/Yoke/Grip!

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Ahh! Yes, amend my previous post to read 'anything that actually entered service' ! 

I forgot about your 'unique' Eaglet trainer Ian!

GYD

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Thanks FLY. BUY, you're putting terrible temptation in my way! That is a very nice yoke. Not seen the 'nose guns' decal before. 

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Hello All:

Regarding the A-26(?) wheel currently on Ebay: The same wheel was listed by the same seller in early January for $1200.  Initially misidentified as a B-23 (Dragon) wheel.  The listing supposedly sold but, as stated, the same seller has it listed now.  Not sure what prompted him to bump it up to $3000.  That basic wheel design was an OEM item on the A-26, P-61, PV-2, XB-35, B-45 and other aircraft.  But that particular wheel is unique in one way--it has a square mount like that used on the B-24  and all the Boeing bombers.  Every other such (A-26/P-61) wheel I've ever seen has had a splined mount identical to what was used on the DC-4, DC-6, DC-7 and the post-WWII Convairs.  They can be swapped with each other.

I can tell you with certainty that the wheels mounted in the A-26 and PV-2 used the splined mounts.   Haven't seen any photos that highlight the mounting provisions for the wheels used in the other aircraft types listed but, based on the switch engravings, I'd guess this may be out of a P-61.  Anyone else have thoughts about this?  I've attached a photo showing the splined mounting in my A-26 wheel while it was under restoration.

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Hi FB,

Unless the seller has proof it came from a Wyvern, it's just another common AC10300 fitted to a number of other aircraft, mainly Vampire T11 and there were quite a few of them about!  

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Hi Darrell, it looks more like a Seahawk grip to me, although perhaps they shared grips. I would have thought the Wyvern was fitted with an earlier type of grip, something like a Sea Fury or late mark Spitfire.

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Well done Martyn and GYD

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martynp and FB,

The prototype Wyvern did indeed have a Dunlop Mk2 'spade' fitted as it did not have an ejection seat.  When the aircraft finally came into service, (with a 'Bang seat') the original 'bang seat friendly'  handle would have been the AC-1400 then, with the later marks/modifications the AC-10300 became the final fit for the Wyvern F4.  I'm sure 'Wyvernfan' can elaborate further, should he still visit this forum?

The Seahawk grip although, similar in appearance is numbered AC-11232.  The only way to tell the identification between the two handles (with no data plate fitted), is to look at the pin/socket configuration inside the handle. 

The AC 11232 (from memory), has an extra pin and the configuration of the pin layout is different to the AC 10300.

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Hi GYD. Thanks for the clarification. Many moons ago, someone produced a list showing the grip number for various aircraft, which was very useful but of course, when I need it, I can't find it. Does anyone have a copy?

I didn't realise the Wyvern was ever fitted with an ejection seat. This forum produces so many interesting snippets of information.

What I also need is a way of telling the difference between grips fitted to soviet aircraft, particularly the various marks of Mig 21, 23 and 27. I find it very confusing.

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MartynP, A forum member does produce a book / document on Spade Grips and gun buttons which includes the relevant Dunlop numbers and picture diagrams etc. I will email you his details or if he sees this thread he could contact you directly. I purchased one last month for a friend, very much recommended. 

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Has anyone got a RAF Harvard spade grip in any / poor condition that they are interested in selling? Please PM

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Hi Mark P,

Spitfire spares has a new (old stock) advertised but, not particularly cheap!  Scroll down the page:

http://spitfirespares.co.uk/controls.html

They also do appear from time to time on that well known addictive worldwide auction site!!!

Martyn P, I am actually in the process of trying to produce a collectors guide to the Dunlop Straight Handles in a similar vein to 'Air Ministry's' Dunlop ring handles, listing the various types, styles and known use.  It is a work in progress and new information appears the deeper I delve!  However, feel free to PM me with any specific information you may require about these fascinating objects.

GYD

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Hi GYD, I look forward very much to seeing the end result of your investigation.

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GYD, I would also be very interested in your guide to Dunlop 'straight sticks'.  Wish you the best of luck, your knowledge is incredible, and you have already identified numerous stick grips for me. Keep up the good work, I know it is much appreciated, by myself and numerous others. 

 

 

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Look forward to such a book GYD, keep us all updated! 

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Hello everybody!

I have a new exhibit in the collection. This is a stick of one of the first Su-15, very rare.

 

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Now I am helping my friend restore the MiG-17. Now the stage of restoration of the cockpit and stick. If anyone has spare parts for this type of aircraft (cockpit), I'm waiting for offers))

 

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