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U-2/Spy plane cockpit

22.7k Destroyerz117  13 days ago
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A Cockpit somewhat based off that of a U-2,
includes a screen (mirror in this case) as well as working dials that are bound to throttle and brake in no particular order.
I plan on using this in one of my future builds but in the meantime I thought I'd share.

Feel free to use this in your own airplanes provided you credit me!

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General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 7.1ft (2.2m)
  • Length 23.0ft (7.0m)
  • Height 10.3ft (3.1m)
  • Empty Weight 64lbs (29kg)
  • Loaded Weight 101lbs (45kg)

Performance

  • Wing Loading -439,839.3lbs/ft2 (-2,147,483.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 0.0ft2 (0.0m2)
  • Drag Points 0

Parts

  • Number of Parts 265
  • Control Surfaces 0
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    @ChiChiWerx Yeah when looking through images there were a few that looked like lenses as opposed to screens, when I later checked Wikipedia it was said that the cockpit contained a "circular monitor" while showing off the picture above..
    So I'm not sure, there seems to be some misinformation spreading around with the image I linked.

    10 days ago
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    @Ariathe thank you!

    10 days ago
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    7,355 Ariathe

    Very beautiful and detailed! Well done!

    10 days ago
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    18.8k ChiChiWerx

    Aha! Here’s the viewsight bubble under the nose. Between the two pitot booms. This is an R model, most likely. The S version was simply a re-engined R model and the Block 20 is the S model with the new “glass” cockpit...and no viewsight :(

    10 days ago
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    18.8k ChiChiWerx

    I never learned cel nav as a pilot, so it didn’t matter that the U-2S version didn’t have the sextant. We used INS/GPS for navigation and, should that fail, we used dead reckoning (headings and timed turns), as well as the viewsight (as long as we had it) to crosscheck our position over the ground and get back. The older pilots who had flown the C version hadn’t been taught cel nav in pilot training either, but the navigators assigned to the unit did the pre-computations on the ground prior to takeoff. That way the pilots only had to sight the celestial body and refer to the charts to indicate if they were on or off course and timing.

    11 days ago
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    18.8k ChiChiWerx

    Your photo is the C model, which also had a sextant for celestial (“cel nav”) navigation (pre INS and GPS days, after all). You can see the sextant pull (and the sextant filter—for sighting the sun during daytime) knobs, which flips a mirror inside the viewsight, and allows you to use the bubble on top of the nose (vs. the bubble underneath) and sight the sun (daytime) or the moon and/or specific aiming stars (nighttime).

    11 days ago
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    18.8k ChiChiWerx

    If you look here, you can see the hand controller for the viewsight, it the triangular piece that’s on the lower right console. It was really hard to find this photo, BTW.

    +1 11 days ago
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    18.8k ChiChiWerx

    Oh, yeah, they took the viewsight out of the Block 20 cockpit, now there are three big color Multi Function Displays (MFDs).

    11 days ago
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    18.8k ChiChiWerx

    Well, it’s not that. It’s called a “viewsight”. It’s a reverse periscope—all optical, no electronics involved—that allows you to look directly down, as well as around the bottom of the jet. The closest under you can see out of the cockpit, under the jet, is around 22 miles, so if you want to see directly downwards, say for missiles or AIs trying to intercept, or to simply navigate over geographic points in case you lose INS and GPS, you can do so. In fact, take a really close look at the viewsight in your photo...you’ll see it has crosshairs and a little aiming box at the center. Also, either the photo was originally doctored to put the “map” in the viewsight with the crosshairs, because it’s definitely a high altitude shot of a port area, or they put a photo under the viewsight for display purposes (though I’m fairly certain it would be out of focus if they had done that).

    11 days ago
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    @ChiChiWerx I'm joking, it's a screen/monitor

    11 days ago
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    18.8k ChiChiWerx

    @Destroyerz117 ha, ha. No. That’s not what it’s for. Would you like to know what it is?

    11 days ago
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    @ChiChiWerx for admiring your reflection on a long flight

    11 days ago
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    18.8k ChiChiWerx

    So...what’s the “mirror” for? ;)

    11 days ago
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    Absolutely astounding! im taking it

    12 days ago
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    thx @Destroyerz117

    13 days ago
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    @Freerider2142 @AWESOMENESS360 thank you!

    13 days ago
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    @Nerfenthusiast will do!

    13 days ago
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    tag me on the build please

    13 days ago
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    nice detail work!

    13 days ago
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    8,190 Simplemike

    I may have to work this into my U2! Looks great!

    13 days ago
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    Impressive!

    13 days ago
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    26.1k CRJ900Pilot

    No problem, will do! @Destroyerz117

    13 days ago
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    @CRJ900Pilot Sure! That's what its for just make sure to mention me in the description

    13 days ago
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    26.1k CRJ900Pilot

    Mind if I use for a WWII night fighter and modify it?

    13 days ago
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