RAPTOR COCKPIT

 

 

ANALYZING THE RAPTOR COCKPIT

In modeling the F-22 cockpit, the biggest issue is the scant amount of reference available. Actually, this pretty much goes for all the systems on this airplane, but there is actually enough to do a pretty good representation.

First step here will be to analyze as best we can some of the pictures available to us.

First impressions;

The picture above is a Lockheed Martin  picture. although it appears slate grey, it is actually black.  One notices quickly that this cockpit has much in common with the earlier f-16 viper cockpit. A  right hand side controller stick is used. An aces II ejection seat is used albeit an upgraded version. The F-16 does however use the same extendable pitots in its later models. the black lambskin seat covers seem to be standard in most planes that use this seat nowadays  with the B-1 and A-10 as exceptions.

  

 

   

 

The rudder pedal assemply is almost identical to that of the F-16, and multi function displays or MFDs dominate the front panel. This is a very minimalist styled cockpit, with an ICP or integrated control panel for data input, eyebrow lights, map lights and finally a wrist rest on the right side, again much like the F-16.

 Here are a few more pictures, mainly from trainers.

 

 

 

  

 

The following pics are of an operational raptor that had a canopy malfunction and had to be cut open. some anti raptor proponents attempted to  propagandize this event.  One positive result was that we ended up with pictures we never would have had otherwise. Of note is the canopy jackscrew ram behind the seat, the air con vent boxes and even the offset of the hud projector lense.

 

 

 

 

 

Another view of the electric  jack motor, the hud and throttle.

 

               

The next couple pictures show the basic cockpit layout, canopy locking lugs, the hood, or coaming and of course then Major Max Moga to great effect.

Max was the primary demo pilot for the F-22A Demo flight team , delivering jaw dropping flight maneuvers and promoting the Raptor program to the public.

 

Finally, these last 2 pics are from the Air force museum in Ohio at Wright Patterson AFB, of which I believe to be an EMD aircraft that was gutted, mummified and displayed under very poor lighting. This cockpit has been altered so much that it is a poor reference for an attempt at a scale cockpit, but the MFDs and ICP is intact.

 

This, I believe is enough to set about modeling the interior cockpit first in cad, then with materials. Later we will go through the same process for the canopy, which will then complete the whole cockpit block of this project. let's continue on shall we?

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