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 António Abreu  |  2011-08-25 at 11:15  |  permalink

Absolutely brilliant! It will help me to build Spitfire models in full detail. Thank you so much for the work you had on setting up this website.

By Derek Austin  |  2011-12-05 at 19:54  |  permalink

Very many thanks for a totally absorbing insight to the office of such an iconic war bird! I must say that the thought of having to change the gunsight lamp whilst trying to avoid some ace in a Me 109 is just terrifying!

By Howard  |  2011-12-16 at 12:49  |  permalink

Just what i needed for reference for my models . Great stuff .
Thanks

By Peter  |  2011-12-16 at 20:12  |  permalink

A goldmine!
I am building a cockpit, collected a pile of pictures, but your collection is better!
Thanks,
Peter

By Kallie van der Merwe  |  2012-04-05 at 18:09  |  permalink

This is fabulous.

Many thanks Martin and Andy.

I’m writing a story about a Mk IIB for boys (of all ages) so there are some differences, but I found this very valuable.

God bless

Kallie
(Pretoria)

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