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  • Fighter Cockpits

    Fighter cockpits interest me. So here's a long and winding story...

    Within the forth generation of fighters, the cockpit has evolved. From pure analogue (F-14A):

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    To primitive screens and scopes, and the start of the up-front controller (F-15A):

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    To two multi-function displays (F-16C):

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    To three MFDs (F-15E):

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    To three colour MFDs and digital UFC and FADEC instruments (F/A-18E):

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    To enlarged MFDs (Gripen C):

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    I thought the Gripen C was approaching the optimal 4th-gen cockpit layout, so I decided to design my own, optimized 4th-gen fighter cockpit. The side stick opens up so much instrument panel real-estate, so I prefer this:

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    Later, I began getting interested in 5th-gen cockpit design. The F-22A essentially has a 4th-gen cockpit layout, but it started some of the sensor fusion that is typical on 5th-gen platforms:

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    The F-35 truly has a 5th-gen cockpit design, within minimal analogue controls and a large area touch screen:

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    Last edited by JA Boomer; 24 Feb 24,, 19:14.

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    • #3
      However, having read this article: https://hushkit.net/2021/01/21/what-...dern-cockpits/

      I became skeptical that an all-touch screen interface was the way to go. 4.5-gen cockpit designs support this, and are clearly a mix of 4th and 5th gen design concepts (F-15EX):

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      F/A-18E Block III:

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      Gripen E:

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      So I once again took it as a challenge to design an optimized 5th-gen cockpit. I kept the UFC keypad and perimeter screen buttons for tactile use. 5th-gen designs have so much automation and screen functionality, that I was able to actually layout and label what few touch switches and buttons remain:

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      Do you have a favorite cockpit? What do you think makes a good cockpit design?

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      • #4
        Interesting for sure. When the UH-60s first came out, some troops nicknamed them starships because of all the LED displays which replaced analog displays.
        “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
        Mark Twain

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
          Interesting for sure. When the UH-60s first came out, some troops nicknamed them starships because of all the LED displays which replaced analog displays.
          Was that the L-model that incorporated the digital displays? Wasn't the UH-60A still fairly analogue:

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JA Boomer View Post

            Was that the L-model that incorporated the digital displays? Wasn't the UH-60A still fairly analogue:

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            Yeah, the UH-60A was still pretty analog but it had enough LED instruments that at night time they really impressed us grunts. I mean...all our previous experience was UH-1s and CH-47Cs!
            “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
            Mark Twain

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            • #7
              The CH-53K has a pretty swanky cockpit:

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              I wonder when helicopters will start to get wide screen displays like the F-35 or KC-46.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JA Boomer View Post
                The CH-53K has a pretty swanky cockpit:

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                I wonder when helicopters will start to get wide screen displays like the F-35 or KC-46.
                These things fly over my house a couple of times a week. They make my intestines vibrate!
                “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                Mark Twain

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