World War II Aircraft Instrument Font B-17

ralfieroo's picture

Hello,

Amazing site you have here! I'm trying to find the font that was used in World War II Aircraft navigation instruments. Example is this URL: B-17 RECOGNITION LIGHTS

This was a very common font in World War II and probably was due to some machinery that was used to engrave onto the instruments. If you google "B-17 Instruments" you'll see this all over: Always all uppercase, proportionally spaced, sans-serif. Here is another one from the B-17 Auto-Pilot control B-17AutopilotPicture Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks in advance,
RalfieRoo

eliason's picture

Somehow you've posted in the FAQ forum. Edit the post to move it to the proper Type ID section.

If you're looking for something similar, Bryant Condensed could work. Or Router.

oldnick's picture

Most likely, the lettering was created with a Leroy® lettering template and (probably) cut with a router of some kind. My takes on the original are here...

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/nicksfonts/planscribe-nf/

ralfieroo's picture

Thanks @eliason and @oldnick!

@oldnick, Planscribe NF is INCREDIBLY close! I think that's what I'll go with unless someone comes up with something closer in a few days.

Much appreciated!

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