|Object Name:||Concorde Autostabiliser Switch Unit (space model)|
|Serial No:||Space Model|
|Manufacturer:||Elliott/Bendix/SFENA Consortium Design|
|Year of Manufacture:||circa 1965|
|Location:||Archive Object Store|
Elliott Bendix SFENA
Auto Stab Switch Unit
Ser. No. Space Model
Code A90 266 241 00 Mod State 'A'
Marconi Collection Ref: 2028
Early in 1963 joint proposals were made, together with Bendix, for a flight control system for a proposed supersonic civil transport. This was the forerunner of what became the 'Concorde'. When Anglo-French agreement was reached for joint development of the 'Concorde', a formal agreement was made and Elliotts led a consortium with SFENA and Bendix. The Automatic Flight Control System included five systems, Automatic Pilot, Flight Director and Take-Off Director Computers, Automatic Throttle, Pitch axis Trim and Three Axis Auto Stabilisation.
This overhead switch unit is from the pre-production Automatic Flight Control System Engage Switch Panel which used five similar modules for Auto Stabiliser Engage, Electric Trim Engage and Artificial Feel Engage. The switches are engaged before take-off, are solenoid held and except in the event of failure require no further pilot action until after landing.