Early He 111s were built with stepped cockpits with windscreen panels for the pilot and co-pilot. This was abandoned in the P series for a stepless configuration. The pilot sat on the left with the bombardier/navigator on the right. The pedals for the rudder were placed on arms, and there was no floor below the pilot’s feet. Sliding panels were installed to allow quick exit forward rather than through the fuselage, and the glazed Plexiglas nose provided excellent visibility, although bright sunlight could cause glare. The control column was centrally positioned and could be swung to the right. Most of the instrumentation was installed in the ceiling above the pilot’s head.
In later variants of the He 111, a stepped cockpit was replaced with a stepless configuration, with the pilot seated on the left and the bombardier/navigator to his immediate right
The distinctive nose of the He 111 made the aircraft easily distinguishable in the skies above wartime Europe