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FFVS J 22 in Detail

The cockpit

n Photos by Andreas Samuelsson and Magnus Fridsell
Text by Magnus Fridsell and Martin Waligorski


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The canopy was built in three sections, the middle section providing entry for the pilot. It  was hinged to the right similarly to German Bf 109. The second photo shows is the inside of the canopy of Linköping's J 22. Not much of a detail visible here, but it  proves that I actually got into the cockpit of the plane. Psst... don't tell anyone please!
Photo: Andreas Samuelsson, Magnus Fridsell

Rear portion of the canopy, providing some much-needed rear view for the pilot was integrated into the fuselage spine. Here it is seen from above, with antenna mount on the top and a prominent periscope for the camera gun introduced on opertional J 22s from 1945.
Photo: Magnus Fridsell

My excitement about being able to enter the cockpit myself will be still more understandable if you consider this photo. Looking inside the museum's machine, one sees an original World War II fighter cockpit in perfect condition (sans one clock and an electrig switch box cover to the right). Even the paint and all the wear marks are exactly as they were back in the 1940s. Yummy!
Photo: Magnus Fridsell

Pilot's seat. Even here everything is original down to the seat belts, unlike the seats of many of today's warbirds. Note also the tubular steel fuselage framework visible at the sides.
Photo: Magnus Fridsell

The nicely laid out Instrument panel is fairly typical for the era.
Photo: Magnus Fridsell

Three photos showing details of the right side of the cockpit.

  

Photo: Magnus Fridsell

...and the left side...

Photo: Magnus Fridsell

The fixed reflector sight. The front windscreen panel was made of 60 mm bullet-proof glass.

Photo: Magnus Fridsell

Close-up of the control stick.

Photo: Magnus Fridsell

One more view of the cockpit concludes this walkaround.
Photo: Magnus Fridsell

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