|Object Name:||Crystal Glass for 1,000th CSAS Pitch Computer|
|Division:||Combat Aircraft Controls [CACD]|
|Year of Manufacture:||1988|
1000th Pitch Computer
This engraved crystal whisky glass (possibly Edinburgh Crystal) was presented to employees of the Combat Aircraft Controls Division in 1988 in recognition of the delivery of the 1000th Command and Stability Augmentation Computer (CSAS) for the Tornado. This equipment provides automatic stabilisation of the aircraft using rate gyros and responds to pilot inputs by monitoring sensors on the pilot’s Stick and Rudder pedals.
The occasion was marked by a flypast of two Tornado IDS aircraft from RAF Marham. Interestingly the lead aircraft was piloted by Squadron Leader Tim Southan who had been an Apprentice at the Company between 1965 and 1970 before leaving to join the RAF.