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Classic Wings Magazine WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific Luftwaffe Resource Center
When Hollywood Ruled The Skies - Volumes 1 through 4 by Bruce Oriss


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:03 pm 
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looks like a normal n3 gunsight? here is the parts manual anyway: https://www.sendspace.com/file/szq5oz


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:02 pm 
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Good day Fiftycal,

Thanks for the parts manual but it's unfortunately incomplete as it covers only section I.

Of course the gunsight is an N-3 as, until the Mark VIII and N-9, it was the standard sight for all AAF fighters. What makes the differences are the sightheads as all manufacturer designed and produced their own. The one on my photo was made by Bell.

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Laurent


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:46 am 
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Bell made lots of armament, .50's, sights you name it, even about 500 complete B-29's.

it might be a one off experimental piece?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:48 am 
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https://youtu.be/XbG06bNX1lE


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:27 pm 
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Not a part number specialist so were part numbers starting with 15- specific to the Bell P-39 and P-63?

Cordially,

Laurent


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:36 am 
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P-39 p/n's 12,14,15,23,24,25,26- P-63 are the same as P-39 plus P/n 33-


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:22 am 
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Hi Laurent i have the mount for this sight out of a 39 wreck pm me for details.

cheers dave


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:32 pm 
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fiftycal thanks for the info.

Dave, pm sent.

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Laurent


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:59 pm 
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From the USAF Alphabetical Index of Technical Publications TO-0-2-1 dated April 1955, here is a document name/TO for the N-3:

Sight-Gun Type N-2, -2A, -3, -3A, -38--Installation, Inspection and Use 11F39-4-4-1.

I did a quick Google search but could not come up with a pdf.

If anyone wants a pdf copy of the above referenced USAF index, just give me a holler. Happy to send or post it here.

JT

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:12 pm 
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Bell P-39 data plates.
I have found what appears to be an actual data plate for a P-39-N-O in my collection of aeronautica.
The from looks to be stainless steel, but the back side looks to be brass.
If any one is interested, I will send them a picture to add to the knowledge base.
Astreair


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:55 am 
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A plate I've had for years.....looks like micarta /phenolic


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