Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit

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The gunsight illumination could be switched on and off by means of a flip switch visible here, in the spot to the left of ...

Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit

The gunsight illumination could be switched on and off by means of a flip switch visible here, in the spot to the left of the sight itself. The protruding rheostat could be used to dim the light for night shooting conditions.

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By Brian Reed  |  2011-07-08 at 13:52  |  permalink

Spitfire as nightfighter! I don’t think so, with those prominent exhaust stubs glowing in your line of sight, not to mention the flames from the exhausts.

By Editor  |  2011-07-08 at 20:21  |  permalink

@Brian you’re right, and it never was. But let’s not forget that the Spitfire was designed to the specification for a day AND NIGHT fighter. Attempts to use it in the night fighter role were not abandoned before well into 1941.

A bit more about this subject can be found at this site here:

http://spitfiresite.com/2010/06/battle-of-britain-1940-prelude-to-the-blitz.html

http://spitfiresite.com/2010/04/night-fighting-spitfires.html

By John Brown  |  2011-07-08 at 20:25  |  permalink

Many Spitfires ( and Hurricanes ) were fitted with glare shields ( which can be seen in photographs as flat plates fixed to the fuselage sides between the exhausts and cockpit ) to screen the exhaust flames from the pilot’s view.

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