Was this for easier maintenance or for vibrational damping? The remainder were not British, many coming from parts of the British Empire (particularly New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and South Africa), as well as exiles from many conquered European nations, particularly from Poland and Czechoslovakia. (c) 2007-2020 The Spitfire Site My name is Stephen Taylor and I am an amateur World War 2 historian. Yes Mr Ed’, I agree, shock mounted to reduce vibration which was bad for delicate high speed gyro bearings in the AH and DI. I’ve read of many pilots ducking into cloud during combat to avoid severe “lead storms”. This must have been awkward when confronted with a toppled AH. Of course, you can’t possibly not have a picture taken inside this magnificent aircraft. Anatomy of the Spitfire’s Cockpit The blind flying instrument panel provided the six crucial instrument in the standardised layout. ( Log Out /  I believe this was to reduce vibration on the instruments. It had a hole in the middle to accommodate the knurlled screw head for removing the indicator front panel to change globes. With its impressive performance and maneuverability, unique wing design and multiple variants, the Spitfire rightfully earned its place in the history books. I often find aircraft parts during my relic recovery work, and I am hoping these pictures will help identify parts from both the cockpit, and Merlin engine. Share Alamy images with your team and customers. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. – I once heard somebody say there were some rubber rings between the main panel and the blind flying instrument panel. The aircraft serving as our subject is Supermarine Spitfire Mk. The Spitfire is often considered to be the most iconic aircraft of WW2. I have always wondered about the separate panel for the basic six: It seems to be attached to the main panel by 3 knobs, standing out slightly . ), the mechanical “horizon” would disappear, to be then occasionally seen as it flashed across the instrument face. The Battle of Britain was considered officially by the RAF to have been fought between 10 July and 31 October 1940. Terms of use During filming for series 2 of WW2 Treasure Hunters, I visited RAF Biggin Hill to film inside a Mk IX Spitfire. Current lightbox Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. A further 237 of those RAF pilots claiming successes during the Battle became “aces” later in the war. With no caging knob, it was not possible to erect it. To be proclaimed an “ace” a pilot had to have five confirmed victories. 1940 1942 1943 1944 1945 airshows aviation art history miscellaneous people Reference Spitfire Mk. The number of pilots claiming more than one victory amounted to no more than 15 per cent of the total RAF pilots involved. They also have quite a few Merlin engines. The airspeed indicator of this aircraft is calibrated in knots, a deviation from the standard RAF practice at the time which called for calibration in MPH (1 knot = 1.151 MPH). Very quaint feature! Still I am speaking from a comfortable “arm chair”! The altimeter is rated in feet. Its maiden flight took place on 5th March 1936 and, by the end of the war, over 20,000 had been produced. This article, now revised and updated, provides a complete photo reference to the layout and operation of the Spitfire cockpit. ( Log Out /  Ever since I was young I have been fascinated by the Second World War and over the last 20+ years, with the help of my metal detector and many friends and family, have been finding and documenting various pieces of rust and relics in an effort to preserve the history before it is lost to the world. In the lower row, same order: altimeter, gyro compass followed by turn & bank indicator, the latter partially obliterated by the control column. This site is maintained by Martin Waligorski. IX Spitfire Mk. They weren’t built for someone 6 foot 2 inches!! Interesting question is, was this a standard indicator used in other aircraft or unique to the Spitfire? See our Site Index, recent Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS). Vb BL628 YO-D, recently completed by Avspecs Ltd in Auckland, New Zealand. The SAAF Museum Spitfire was the same. Of 2,332 Allied pilots who flew fighters in the Battle, 38.90 percent could claim some success in terms of enemy aircraft shot down. I Spitfire Mk. Other countries supplying smaller numbers included Belgium, France, Ireland, and the US. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. This would almost be expected, but most pilots would have been able to use partial panel to get S&L, then at least be able to cage the AH and erect it. Its maiden flight took place on 5th March 1936 and, by the end of the war, over 20,000 had been produced.… Change ). At the first sign of non “airliner don’t spill the first class G&T’s” type manouvres (hate spelling that word! Of course there is more than one aircraft at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger……. Hello Dave, as I recall the SAAF Museum Spitfire Mk IX, (Mk XVI airframe but had a Merlin not a Packard) the indicator was interesting in terms of the U/C indicator light dimming feature for night flying. does anyone have a undercarrige indicator or know of someone selling one as we or trying to complete a spitfire panel have most of the instruments but am having great difficulty in comming across one of these any help would be greatly apprciated thank you the panel is a mrk I /II repo from original drawings made to cad form. The button on top of the grip is the compound gun trigger, serving both the cannon and machine gun armament. The blind flying instrument panel provided the six crucial instrument in the standardised layout. ( Log Out /  Explore the cockpit of a 1944 Spitfire HF9 High Level Fighter in this most detailed panorama that shows and explains all cockpit details. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Of course many people associate the Spitfire with the Battle of Britain, (BoB), but it was outnumbered almost 2 to 1 by the Hurricane. During the Battle of Britain just 188 RAF pilots achieved that distinction – eight per cent of the total involved. V Tamiya warbirds. Of course I took the opportunity to take plenty of pictures of not only the inside of the Spitfire, but also everything else in the hanger! This consisted of a small “roller blind” gripped with fore finger and thumb, a small cloth which you pulled down to cover the lights thus dimming them for night flying. There were four pilots who were “ace in a day” in the Battle of Britain: Archie McKellar (British), Antoni Głowacki (Polish), Ronald Fairfax Hamlyn (British) and Brian Carbury (New Zealander). The blind flying instrument panel provided the six crucial instrument in the standardised layout. The only curious thing which somone may be able to answer, is why the AH seems to have no caging knob? The Spitfire is often considered to be the most iconic aircraft of WW2. During the BoB, British RAF aircrew numbered 2,353 (80%) of the total of 2,927 flyers involved, with 407 Britons killed from a total of 510 losses of pilots. 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