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Nav Plotter seat structure
« on: January 17, 2014, 02:34:15 PM »
Can anyone tell me if this is an original seat in the Nav Plotters position? It is quite different from the AEO and Nav Radar seats including a large cuboid shape attached to the rear bottom part of the seat. You can just see it in the first photograph, it's covered in black plastic, makes the seat quite uncomfortable. The other seats don't have this. They also don't have the holes in the metal structure of the seat.
Maybe I'm just missing the leather dinghy/survival pack?
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Re: Nav Plotter seat structure
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2014, 09:12:12 PM »
Why don't you take a trip to XM655 at Wellesbourne and see what a "real" Vulcan Cockpit looks like !

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Re: Nav Plotter seat structure
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2014, 09:50:39 PM »
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Re: Nav Plotter seat structure
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2014, 12:25:19 AM »
I'm confused...

You have a Vulcan cockpit with a seat fitted in the middle.

Why would it be anything other than the original seat?

What you are missing is the parachute packs (good luck trying to find some)

You have the survival pack (though it looks as if you have it upside down)

Also looks like the cable to the remote control seat release is broken.

If you think the seat is uncomfortable to sit on now - try sitting on it for sixteen hours  ;)
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Re: Nav Plotter seat structure
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2014, 06:25:45 PM »
HAHAHAHA, Yes, I did think I wouldn't like to sit in it for 16 hours, or even a few hours on a normal operation/exercise!

It never occurred to me that it might not be original until an ex-Vulcan crew (Nav Radar) suggested it! As he'd sat next to a Nav Plotter for 3 years I thought he must know better than I.

On the other two seats I managed to get hold of two leather survival packs, underneath are the parachute packs. I think you are right, it would make sense that if the survival pack was on top of the other pack it would raise it up and be a lot more comfortable. Maybe I could mock one up with stiff foam, that's what the other two packs are filled with, a solid block of firm foam. I'll take measurements when I'm there on Wednesday.

Thanks again for confirming it's an original seat.

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Re: Nav Plotter seat structure
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2014, 06:29:42 PM »
Why don't you take a trip to XM655 at Wellesbourne and see what a "real" Vulcan Cockpit looks like !

Thank you for that! I've been up in the cockpit of XM655 (and put up a poster for the Wings & Wheels in June at the museum by the way) but wasn't taking in detail like the seat structure.
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