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Common Command Unit Main Keyboard (space model)

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0923
Category: General Purpose
Object Type: Model
Object Name: Common Command Unit Main Keyboard (space model)
Part No: 270-SK-2752
Serial No: 001
Manufacturer: GEC Avionics
Division: Unknown
Platform(s):
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
146 
Height (mm):
123 
Depth (mm):
38 
Weight (g):
387 
Location: Triple Shelf Unit M (control panels) [Main Store]
Inscription(s):

GEC Avionics Limited
CCU Main Keyboard Model
Part 270-SK-2752
Ser 001
NSN
Code K0656

Notes:

This Common Command Unit Main Keyboard Model was made by GEC Avionics Ltd within Powerplant Systems Division in about 1985. At present it is believed to have been used on a helicopter system. It appears to be the same as the main keyboard used as part of the related Engine Management Units and could be a sub-assembly.

The RAA contains a number of models of equipment and aircraft. The equipment models were used as a marketing aid and often to ensure that the production unit will fit in the space; this was particularly true for Head Up Displays. Such equipment models will have minimal or no functionality. Models might  just be used as weighted units or as cockpit lighting evaluation units. The HUD used on the YF-16 was of the correct weight and envelope but only mounted the Spin 'chute button (a feature only required for the early test flights). Many of these models were made by professional model makers from the original drawings and could be quite expensive; alternatively the real hardware would be used.

The aircraft models range from the simple small scale kits to quite large display items. The large model aircraft were often a marketing tool from places like Airbus or Boeing but may be found in Boardrooms or Reception areas wheras the small models may be given as a visitor handout. Those models made from kits have largely been brought in from home but are useful to illustrate the platform alongside the equipment. The large models will be hugely expensive.

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