|Object Type:||Control/Data Entry|
|Object Name:||Concorde AFCS Artificial Feel Engage Switch Unit|
|Year of Manufacture:||circa 1967|
|Location:||Archive Object Store|
Ser. No. 057
Code 66 266 750 00 Elliott
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 Autostabilisation.
This overhead switch unit is from the pre-production Automatic Flight Control System Engage Switch Panel which used five similar modules for Autostabiliser 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.