History of War - - OPERATOR’S HANDBOOK -

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

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