Short Sunderland MR.5 Panel, NZ4105-C
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This WWII-era Short Sunderland instrument panel resides in the collection of our friend Charles Darby of New Zealand.
According to Charles:"Sunderland MR5 started life as PP110 but went straight into storage at 57 Maintenance Unit before being purchased by the RNZAF and re-numbered NZ4105. It flew many hundreds of hours on search and training missions around the western Pacific from bases at Lauthala Bay in Fiji and Hobsonville in New Zealand. The first Sunderlands had about 45 instruments and controls of various types on their main panel. By the 1950s-60s the number of controls and indicators on RNZAF Sunderland panels had more than tripled to about 160, as can be seen here (the drogue signals unit was not fitted when these photos were taken)".