L007779 FLIGHT PERSONNELíS AK39 WRIST COMPASS. (ArmbandkompaŖ 39)

BACKGROUND: The AK39, ArmbandkompaŖ 39, (Wrist Compass 39), was developed in 1939 for wear by pilots and aircrew personnel for calculating their position if forced to abandon their aircraft or in crash landing situations. As itís name implies the AK39 was to be worn on the wrist, like a wristwatch, although it was commonly attached to various assorted pieces of equipment. Beginning in 1938 the "RLM", Reichs Luftfahrt Ministerium, (National Ministry of Aviation), established required specifications for all aircraft instruments and equipment items as well as flight accessory items and assigned a specific contract/requisition numeral to each specific instrument. Beginning in 1938 the "RLM", Reichs Luftfahrt Ministerium, (National Ministry of Aviation), established required specifications for all aircraft instruments and equipment items as well as flight accessory items and assigned a specific, "Fl, "Fliegend/Fliegen Anforderungszeichen", (Flying/Flight, contract/requisition numeral), to each specific item. The AK39 came in at least two, slightly different variations with a different contract/requisition number for each. The AK39 was also equipped with an additional, extended, wrist strap permitting it to be worn over the flight suits. This example is the first of the two AK39 models.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 62mm diameter and 22mm thick, molded, black and clear bakelite construction, clear, liquid filled, AK39 wrist compass with a blackened leather wrist strap and alloy fittings. The compass has a clear, bakelite, top panel and a black bakelite body. The top plate has repeating, vertical grooves to the outside top and side edges, a single, central, white stripe and a central red circle. The top plate rotates for aligning directional headings as required. The clear, liquid filled, interior of the compass has a floating, black, bakelite panel with a white, directional arrow and three hundred sixty degree, white, directional markings in increments of thirty with white numerals at, "3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30," and "33", with a red "N" at the 360 degree point indicating, "Nord", (North). The interior directional plate also has additional white lines at the four, major, cardinal directional points, North, South, East and West and the white. The interior directional plate floats freely in the liquid and the compass still appears to function accurately. The bottom of the compass is well marked with the impressed designation, "ArmbandkompaŖ", (Wrist Compass), the model, "Baumuster: AK39", The work/order number, "Werk Nr: 10155285 and the Luftwaffe Flying/Flight, contract/requisition number contract number, "Anfordez: Fl 23235". Nice complete, working example. This example has an extra strap attached to one end.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $299.00

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