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Blind Flying Panel

Standard RAF Blind Flying Panel

This is the standard RAF Blind Flying Panel as fitted to just about every service aircraft from the 1930's through to the late 1940's and early 50's. It groups the basic 6 flight instruments in consistent positions in all aircraft - the same relative positions continued to be used in RAF aircraft long after this type of BFP was abandoned - see the Hunter panel as an example.

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Standard Blind Flying Panel
 

Note: Many variations are to be found in the instrument fit of these panels depending on the aircraft type it is used in - the ASI being the most varied. Shown above is the 6A/760 curved top version of the BFP, the earlier 6A/616 version having a straight top. Because of these variations, the instruments detailed below are examples only.

Air speed indicator (examples),

  • 400 Knots - (6A/583 Mosquito)
  • 200 Knots - (6A/1616 e.g. Anson, Tiger Moth etc.)
  • 340 Knots - (6A/585 e.g. Lancaster)
  • 450 Knots - (e.g. late Spitfire, Seafire)
  • 480 MPH - (6A/587 e.g. Spitfire)
  • 320 MPH - (6A/415 e.g. Lancaster, Wellington, Blenheim)
  • 600 MPH - (6A/1269 e.g. Typhoon, Tempest)

Artificial horizon - Mk.IB

Rate of climb indicator - Mk.1C 6A/2171

Altimeter - Mk.XII 6A/1512

Directional gyro - Mk.I

Turn and slip indicator - Mk.IA