Tuesday, August 7, 2007

WWII Aircraft: View from the Cockpit

Ever wondered what the cockpits of the great fighters and bombers of WWII looked like? Today, the blog takes you on a tour of some of the European air war's most famous aircraft.

P-38 Lightning fighter (USA)

Hawker Hurricane Fighter (British)

Spitfire Fighter (British)

P-51 Mustang fighter (USA)
P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter (USA)

Fw-190 fighter (German)

Lancaster bomber (British)

B-24 Liberator bomber (USA)

Me-109 (German fighter)

B-17 Flying Fortress Cockpit, heavily modifed with up-to-date avionics. (USA)

I had to throw this one in for sentimental reasons. This is the cockpit of the Cessna 150. I learned how to fly in this plane in 1978. It has about as much in common with the other planes as a Volkswagen Bug has with a Formula racing car.


paulic said...

I'm teaching a 10th grade history class in Eugene, OR, and we're currently studying WWII

My students have been working with an authentic WWII Aircraft Spotter's Guide that was used to train civilians & military personnel to
spot both allied & enemy aircraft.

One of the aircraft described and pictured in the guide is a Piaggio P.123 R. It's perhaps the most intimidating aircraft in the
entire guidebook.

I've been trying to find a photo of this model on the internet to use in a simulation in class that will use projected images of a
variety of aircraft. I've struck out on the Piaggio P.123 R. Not only is it not pictured, I don't even find it mentioned when doing
a general search of info on aircraft.

Would any of you have a clue as to where I might find a photo online of this model, or does anyone have one you could email to me?

FYI, the guide describes the P.123 R as a three-engine (one on the nose, two on the wings), low-wing, bomber monoplane
powered by three Piaggio P.XII RC, 35 eighteen-cylinder, double-row, radial air-cooled engines of 1,300 h.p. each. It had a
long, cigar-like fuselage & twin elliptically-shaped fins & rudders. The guide said that it held the international speed record for
planes over a 1,000 m. course, but it doesn't give the top speed.

Any help tracking down an electronic picture will be appreciated by me & my students.


Stan Paulic
South Eugene H.S.

Thomas Mahoney Jr. said...

Regarding the Cessna 150 instrument panel picture. Image attribution statement: Image captured by Thomas Mahoney Jr. of http://n4846x.com on 9/19/03.