Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit

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View of the rudder pedal. The double foot support was not meant to provide yet another adjustment to increase the pilot’s comfort – it ...

Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit

View of the rudder pedal. The double foot support was not meant to provide yet another adjustment to increase the pilot’s comfort – it really was an early form of high-G protection for the pilot. By moving his feet higher, the ability of the body to sustain high-G manoeuvres without passing out increased. This innovation was a novelty introduced with the Spitfire and the Hurricane, another sign of a quantum leap in performance which these fighters represented compared to earlier designs.

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By norm  |  2010-07-30 at 19:29  |  permalink

I have just a quick question – how did this affect the toe brake setup that is common to most aircraft pedals?

Thanks,
Norm

By Dave  |  2017-08-23 at 04:54  |  permalink

The Spitfire didn’t use toe brakes. Instead it had a single brake lever on the spade grip. Hydraulic pressure was differentially transmitted to the wheel brakes based upon the foot pedal position.

By Dave  |  2017-08-23 at 05:18  |  permalink

Pneumatic, not hydraulic.

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