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2008/10/05 20:02:18 (permalink)
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P 38 COCKPIT DETAILS

Can you please direct me to an expert on P-38 cockpit variations & designs?
 
I am in contact with an Italian crash site researcher who has found a wreckage scrap that was a red button of some sort from a P-38.
 
Can you or ? identify what the items are in the circled area of the attached cockpit photo?
 
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    Anthony J. Mireles
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    Re:P 38 COCKPIT DETAILS 2008/10/05 22:24:15 (permalink)
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    I think the circled items are
    Safe/Unsafe Landing gear indicators

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    Re:P 38 COCKPIT DETAILS 2008/10/06 13:11:27 (permalink)
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    The Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions for Army Models P-38H Series, P-38J Series, P-38L-1, L-5 & F-5B Airplanes ISBN # 0-87994-0 shows what surely is the same instrument but lower on the panel.  It is the turbo Warning instrument with  a left light, right light and a third button(?) labeled "Push to Test".  In other instrument panel layouts this area is either blank or has a warning label of some sort.

    Paul
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    Re:P 38 COCKPIT DETAILS 2008/10/06 13:19:35 (permalink)
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    Thanks, fellows--
     
    I'll attach here, a photo of the recovered piece.  The finder says the button was red although hard to detect in
    the damage.  We're trying to determine the a/c model so we can identify the MACR associated.

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    Re:P 38 COCKPIT DETAILS 2008/10/06 14:41:09 (permalink)
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    Here's an interesting site with instrument panels from a wide variety of US aircraft including a dozen or so  models of P-38s.  I don't know if it will resolve your question but it may be helpful in other issues:  http://uscockpits.com/

    Paul



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    Re:P 38 COCKPIT DETAILS 2008/10/06 15:45:11 (permalink)
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    Here is what I believe is the same instrument as it was in the "Glacier Girl" P-38 after being removed from the plane during restoration.  It is in a different location than the one in the photo yuo have in your original message.  On this panel it is on the lower left of the panel, second column from the left, third instrument from the bottom.  I believe there is also a picture of the panel after it was restored.

    Paul

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