Anatomy of the Spitfire’s Cockpit

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This article, now revised and updated, provides a complete photo reference to the layout and operation of the Spitfire cockpit. 80 photos are provided.

This article, now revised and updated, provides a complete photo reference to the layout and operation of the Spitfire cockpit.

The aircraft serving as our subject is Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb BL628 YO-D, recently completed by Avspecs Ltd in Auckland, New Zealand. Due to the fantastic quality of the restoration work which took full 30 years, the cockpit of this Spitfire conforms almost entirely to wartime production standards. For this reason, the following photographs can serve as reliable reference to the cockpit layout of the production Spitfire Mk. V.

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By McEwen  |  2012-07-07 at 11:32  |  permalink

Thanks a lot I am a painter of Aviation Art and I found this very valuable information for three of my spitfire paintings (one of the three is in work). If you would like to see the spitfires click on the link, sorry it was easier to give my aviation album of paintings then just giving the spitfire paintings alone. Thank you again tom mcewen Prague(a very beautiful city) Czech republic.
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By Alastair  |  2013-08-21 at 09:42  |  permalink

What a fantastic tour of a Spitfire cockpit! Very informative and much as it was reputedly loved by all who flew it, it does hint at how WW2 cockpit ergonomics did not always make the job easier, especially if you were tired and a bit stressed by the day’s work…

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