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Hot Research Topics => Camouflage, Colors, and Markings => Topic started by: steelpillow on March 22, 2020, 09:01:23 AM

Title: UK postwar cockpit colours
Post by: steelpillow on March 22, 2020, 09:01:23 AM
Wherever I search I cannot filter out WWII noise. After the end of the war, the RAF and RN changed their cockpit colours. The RN went black fairly quickly, though I am not sure exactly when, or how long it lasted. But what did the RAF do, and exactly when did they order manufacturers to change?
Title: Re: UK postwar cockpit colours
Post by: Mossie on March 22, 2020, 01:52:57 PM
I'm not sure of the exact year, but it was very late fifties.  The Gnat trainer and Lighting had grey cockpits and all the other early jets had black.  The earliest fighter Gnats had a black cockpit so that dates it quite well, around '58
Title: Re: UK postwar cockpit colours
Post by: The Wooksta! on March 22, 2020, 04:18:38 PM
Late Spitfires had black cockpits - there were produced on the same production lines as Seafires which had to be black so it made it easier.  All HSA group aircraft had black cockpits from late 42-early 43 onwards.