Aeroplane Monthly 1984-02
L.Coombs - Cockpits of the RAF (5)
The captain's side of a Liberator cockpit. The lack of a Basic Six panel is an immediate mark of the American pilot's place.
The cockpit of this Mosquito Mk IV was photographed in April 1943.
The Horsa cockpit.
The cockpit of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Avro Lancaster PA474 is fitted with a duplicate set of controls. The Basic Six flight-instrument panel is situated directly in front of the pilot's seat, with engine r.p.m. and boost gauges above the central throttle console, and fuel gauges on the extreme right.
The upper nose transparency of the Blenheim IV had a “groove” in the port side to give the pilot a better view when landing and taxying.
The Flight drawing depicts a Westland Lysander.
The picture shows the occasional chink of cockpit space between bulky flying suits, equipment and oxygen pipes.
Both of these pictures were taken inside a Blackburn Botha. Left is the photographer's view forward into the bomb-aimer's position; he has twisted left to record the navigator's place, complete with signalling lamp on the table.
This pilot's place, just about merits the name “flight deck": Wg Cdr D. R. Donaldson sits at the controls of Endeavour, HRH the Duke of Gloucester's Avro York, early in 1945. Pilot and copilot each had a set of flight instruments, but shared the engine instruments and controls, which can be seen in rows of four between them and on the roof console. The wireless operator's panel is below and behind the pilot on the left; the navigator's panel is at top right.
“I’m sure they're talking about me behind my back": an Avro Manchester and its crew in November 1941. The flight engineer sits on the pilot's right, and the navigator faces aft. The daylight under the engineer's seat is coming from the bomb-aimer's station in the nose.
Mosquitoes were still serving with the RAF in May 1951, when this one above, (probably an NF. Mk 38 (NF. Mk 36 ???)) was photographed at West Mailing. Normal mode of entry was through the belly of the aircraft.