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Gulfstream HUD Overhead Unit (space model)

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0883
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Model
Object Name: Gulfstream HUD Overhead Unit (space model)
Part No: None
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Unknown
Division: Airborne Display [ADD]
Platform(s): Gulfstream IV
Year of Manufacture: circa 1997
Dimensions: Width (mm): 209
Height (mm): 159
Depth (mm): 473
Weight (g): 3,384
Location: Mezzanine Store



This is a space model used as an installation fit. The Combiner was held on a stick (the other end of which fits a socket in the projection unit) to get the correct position; simple but effective.

The given dimensions are for the projection unit alone; the combiner's dimensions are: 213 x 169 x 61 mm, 131g.

In 1994 Honeywell teamed with GEC Avionics on HUD and the system was marketed as the HUD 2020, because of the link to good vision; it comprised a compact CB-200 monochrome combiner and EO-200 electro-optical overhead unit, together with the HG-200 digital headup guidance computer which was made by Honeywell. The HUD 2020 weighs only 23 kg with much of the saving coming from the extremely lightweight Combiner which is only 4mm thick. The Combiner is curved and extremely thin with a frequency selective coating made up of several hundred layers of variable refractive index material called a ‘rugate’ coating.

The 2020 system was certified to Category II and is offered as a standard option on the GIV, GIV-SP and GV

The original Gulfstream IV HUD was stroke only with "growth to raster" built in, but never taken to full production.

Honeywell developed an Infra-Red system with Kollsman which gave night vision through the HUD. The later HUD was a full raster/cursive capable unit and this system was an option on the Gulfstream. It was called EVS Enhanced Visual System.

The Combiner is curved and only 4mm thick with a frequency selective coating made up of several hundred layers of variable refractive index material called a ‘rugate’ coating. This coating was originally called a synthetic hologram to make it sound impressive! The Combiner weighs only 340gms.

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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