Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit

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The overall view of the cockpit looking down. Everything is functional but rather bare-bones in terms of aesthetics and user-friendliness. There is no cockpit ...

Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit

The overall view of the cockpit looking down. Everything is functional but rather bare-bones in terms of aesthetics and user-friendliness. There is no cockpit floor, the pilot rested his feet directly on the pedals. The instrument panel is mounted directly to the fuselage frame no. 8, and the side instruments and equipment installed directly to the frames or riveted to the fuselage skin.

Compared with the fighter cockpits of the 1930s, the retractable undercarriage, flaps, variable pitch propeller and radio equipment add a lot to the complexity of the cockpit and therefore the pilot workload.

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By David Millar  |  2011-09-30 at 04:38  |  permalink

What an office!

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