L021179 AK39 WRIST COMPASS STRAP. (Armbandkompa▀ 39)

BACKGROUND: The AK39, Armbandkompa▀ 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 itĺs 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Straps for the AK39 compass. Black leather construction with original buckle. Perfect condition, hard to find piece on its own. Mint!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $149.00

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