photo of instrument panel Can anyone please tell me what this is from?

It looks like it's military. I have a few panels that came with this and gauges (not if it's a b-16)

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    $\begingroup$ Does looking up the N-number on the panel help at all? $\endgroup$ Nov 13, 2016 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ @UnrecognizedFallingObject I searched, the FAA says it is not registered. $\endgroup$
    – Federico
    Nov 13, 2016 at 20:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Federico -- hrm. I wonder if there's some historical registrations archive out there? $\endgroup$ Nov 13, 2016 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ i think you might of got it i looked up cirrus glider it looks similar t\ $\endgroup$
    – larry
    Nov 13, 2016 at 21:51
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    $\begingroup$ What makes you say it's "vintage"? $\endgroup$
    – Simon
    Nov 13, 2016 at 22:00

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The shape makes it clear that this is from a single seater or tandem aircraft. This makes a glider very likely, which is supported by the "Vario" engraving over the column of small holes on the bottom right.

A little googling then brings me to this page and the assumption that this panel is from a Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus, Serial No. 176. The plane was badly damaged at Minisink, NY on October 23, 1976 in a botched landing and consequently written off. At that time it was registered as N11JY.

Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus

Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus (picture source)

Standard Cirrus instrument panel

Standard Cirrus instrument panel (picture source)

  • $\begingroup$ ok great thank you so much for your help $\endgroup$
    – larry
    Nov 13, 2016 at 22:04
  • $\begingroup$ Misread "Minisink" as "Minsk" and was wondering what on earth a US-registered glider was doing in the Byelorussian SSR... $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2016 at 10:21

It has the legend "Vario", short for variometer stenciled on it and it looks very much like the panel from a Cirrus sailplane.

enter image description here Source. Standard Cirrus


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