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The cockpit of the UK pre-production Concorde, although looking similar to that of the final production versions was still very much a development cockpit with many instruments and switches added in as testing progressed. The big noticeable change from the prototypes was the addition of a full set of engine instruments in the centre panel between the flight crew. Originally the manufacturers had believed the airlines wanted a moving map display but they wished to have continuity with the other aircraft they were operating, which had easily readable engine readouts for various standard parameters such as N1,N2 and EGT
Most of the basic layout that is seen on G-AXDN's cockpit is familiar to what can be found on the British Airways and Air France fleets, a few changes were made from this aircraft to the final cockpit design. The majority of these changes are on the centre pedestal where airline specific equipment was fitted. On the flight engineerŐs engine parameter monitoring panel, standard instrumentation was fitted for each engine rather than the generic fault reporting panel that can be seen on 01. The overhead panel and autopilot controls did not change much from this aircraft to the final production standard design.
Today the cockpit is near enough as it was on August 20th 1977 when the aircraft arrived at Duxford on its delivery flight from Filton. A small number of instruments were removed shortly after arrival on the basis that they would eventually be returned. To this day the photographic mock-ups are still in place for the Machmeters, Vertical speed indicator and one of the INS units, along with a few others.
This was also the first Concorde to the have a fully glassed visor fitted, providing the crew with excellent forward looking vision that had previously been very restrictive on the prototypes.