Mitsubishi Ki.21 #4510 Sally Bomber Instrument Panel
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This WWII-era Japanese Mitsubishi Ki.21 Sally Bomber instrument panel (from #4510) resides in the collection of our friend Charles Darby of New Zealand.
According to Charles:
"This is the upper panel of a "Sally" medium bomber that was written-off at Alexishafen in New Guinea. Bomb-blast damage and fire had destroyed the centre section, leaving only the rear fuselage and tail unit, outer wings, and meagre remains of the flight deck & nose section. As for most Mitsubishi aircraft designed for the Army, Ki.21 instrument panel assemblies had a clear perspex layer over the main panel in which were embedded light units, over which was a thin, pure-aluminium cover panel. In the rear view image of this panel can be seen part of the coiled-aluminium cable shield carrying the power and earthing wiring to the various panel lights."