Cockpit progress update

Cockpit progress update

The team has worked tirelessly over the last few years to rebuild both of ZA326’s cockpits. When we took delivery of the aircraft they had been extensively stripped, particularly the front cockpit which was entirely bare. The photo below gives an idea of what we were faced with, and the massive task ahead:

 

After muddling through with some Tornado F3 main flying panels, we (finally!) found a pair of original GR1 spec, which have allowed us to install all of the instruments including the Terrain Following Radar e-scope. As you can see from the photo below the cockpit is almost unrecognisable from how it arrived, and looks much more like a Tornado!

(yes, it really is the same cockpit!  Check out the yellow/black striped rectangle on the far left, and the green lamp surrounded by a yellow/black border on the far right to get your bearings between the two photos)