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« on: August 22, 2009, 12:16:44 PM »

Was hopeing that someone could advise me on what primary and secondary controls the spitfire had and what system was in place to operate these controls via the cockpit? All information that anyone has will be a great help. Thankyou.
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2009, 07:38:24 AM »

Primary controls are the spade grip type control column for flying.Whole column goes forward and aft for elevator control.For aileron control only the top "Spade grip" moves side to side due to the tight cockpit.These run cables out to the control surfaces using bellcranks and turnbuckles etc.Under the pilots feet are the rudder pedals that run on adjustable slides (for different height pilots).These connect to a pivoted bar in front of the instrument panel frame down at the bottom. The end of the rudderbar slides go to cables that continue down the fuselage to a bellcrank in the tail unit to control the rudder.
Secondary controls I think you mean the engine controls etc.Throttle,prop pitch and mixture are all levers that move rods and linkages on the rear of the engine.On the other side of the cockpit is the undercarriage control which is a lever that moves a hydraulic piston in a block to divert fluid to the undercarriage legs from a small hydraulic tank on the firewall.Also on the control is a chain and cable to work the undercarriage locking machanism.Hope this is what you are after.. Undecided 
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