centurion, on 27 April 2012 - 10:34 PM, said:
Having seen the cockpit in the Vickers FB5 rebuilt replica it was not cramped
So why would the observer strap instruments to his leg rather than fix them to the cockpit rim if it was that roomy?
l have a mental picture of the pilot telling Insall that his altimeter had gone bust so lnsall has to stick his leg out of the cockpit so that the pilot can gauge his height.
On a more serious level l have also seen the replica Vickers FB5 and the FE2b rebuild so l know how "roomy" the nacelles appear to be.The Vickers doesnt look to have a spacious area for the observer at all.ln a number of photos it looks like the pilot sits well down out of the slipstream while the passenger sits more upright , suggesting a Easyjet standard of legroom.
Neither one of us has flown in a FB5 [the acid test] or even sat in the cockpit to add weight to our impressions ,but l can honestly say that my first impression of the Vickers replica was to place the Vickers front cockpit at number one on my list of least welcoming nacelle front seats.