Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit

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The position of pedals could be adjusted to the pilot’s comfort by means of this starfish-shaped positioning nut.

Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit

The position of pedals could be adjusted to the pilot’s comfort by means of this starfish-shaped positioning nut.

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By James  |  2011-04-26 at 07:16  |  permalink

My recollections SAAF Museum Spitfire MkIXe, the star shaped wheel on rudder pedal shaft was the pedal adjuster, you could move it with the toe of your boot, to set the desired reach, but each pedal adjusted independantly. In order to get them level, I would adjust one, then look behind at the tail and set the rudder straight, then set the other pedal level with the adjusted one. Probably wouldn’t really matter in flight if they weren’t perfectly lined up however. At the botom of the control column is just visable the small universal joint which connected to the aileron torque tube and allows for fore/aft lower stick movement. Tiny U/joint, stolen from Austin 7 drive shaft!

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