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Casa 101 HUD (space model)

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1219
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Model
Object Name: Casa 101 HUD (space model)
Part No: None
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Marconi Electronic Systems
Division: Airborne Display [ADD]
Platform(s): CASA C101DD
Year of Manufacture: circa 1988
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
165 
Height (mm):
350 
Depth (mm):
660 
Weight (g):
3,760 
Location: Main Store
Inscription(s):

Dymo labels:
"ADD 019 CASA 101" & "601"

Notes:

In 1988 Marconi Electronic Systems developed a HUD for the CASA C101DD which was an improved model of the Trainer designed as a light attack aircraft. The main controls for aircraft management and armament operation are grouped on the Hands On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS). The HOTAS arrangement ensures maximum efficiency when using the aircraft as a weapons system.
The HUD is the pilot’s primary information instrument. The control and display unit allows the pilot to input and monitor the mission data and to select the operation modes and the track points.
The data presented on the HUD are the flight parameters, steering parameters and the attack data. The steering parameters are presented in either the self-contained navigation mode or in the radio-aided navigation mode. The attack data is displayed in Continuously Computed Impact Point (CCIP) mode for ground attack manoeuvres and for air-to-air manoeuvres the attack data is presented on the HUD in Continuous Tracking (CT) mode or in Continuously Computed Impact Line (CCIL) mode.
Only seven HUDs were made and the CASA C101DD did not go into production. This is a model of the HUD used as a cockpit fit unit or for marketing.

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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