30 December 1999, 01:42 PM
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Western Australia
The Fokker Eindekker had mixture controls etc on the left.
Avro 504 had all engine controls on the left cockpit wall.
The Sopwith Pup had all engine controls, except the fuel preasure hand pump and ignition 'blip', on the left. The pp was on the right. It had the ignition 'blip' switch on the column.
The Camel had mixture levers etc on the left wall, mags on the left of the panel, 'blip' on the column, fuel preasure hand pump on the right of the cockpit floor next to the seat.
The SPAD XIII seems to have had a similar arrangement to the Sopwith Pup.
The Bristol Fighter had engine control levers on the left, fuel switches on right of panel. Radiator shutters on right cocpit wall below the fuel preasure hand pump, Mags on right of panel under fuel selectors etc.
Through to the thirties this type of arrangement seems to have been almost universal. My guess would be that as many of these aircraft required fine fuel adjustments at critical times during takeoff and they were not 'trim and forget' aircraft, it was deemed prudent to have a strong right hand on the control column!!
This is pure guess work on my part but remember that at that time children who tended towards being left handed were still being beaten for it and forced to change!
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