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Spitfire PR Mk XIX in detail


n by Joachim Smith

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The cockpit interior looks much like any other Spitfire Mark, the most obvious exception being the natural metal camera control box replacing the gun sight. Note the padded backrest of the pilot’s seat.

Photo: Joachim Smith


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A closeup of the camera control box. Conspicuous by its absence, the magnetic compass had not yet been installed below the dashboard when this picture was taken in August of 1990.

Photo: Joachim Smith


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Note the extra fairing on the trailing edge of the sliding canopy and the internal support rod for the head armour. Mounted on the armour is a perspex tube, housing silica gel for removing moisture from the cabin pressurised air, which could otherwise cause misting.

Photo: Joachim Smith


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The clear perspex tube allowed for easy inspection of the silica gel crystals, which change colour when they become saturated with moisture and have to be replaced. Note the arrangement of the Sutton harness shoulder straps and the pressure bulkhead at far right. A glimpse can be seen of one of the three oxygen tubes behind the seat.

Photo: Joachim Smith


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This view from starboard shows the attachment clips of the silica gel tube and two of the three oxygen tubes behind the pilot’s back armour.

Photo: Joachim Smith


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Detail of the rear end of shoulder straps.

The stencilling on the oxygen tubes reads:

Photo: Joachim Smith

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