Panel ID sought

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I recently saved this panel from a date with the scrapyard. http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz117/Blue2MGB/Victor%20Stuff/IMAG2491edit_zpsbdc65631.jpg As you can see, it's in pretty ropey condition. I have as yet been unable to find any numbers or anything on it. The only legible placards are 'CABIN TEMP CONTROL' and 'TEMPERATURE [something]' as you can see. The placard for the rocker switch reads 'TAIL CHUTE TEST'. Amazingly, the rocker switch works happily! My plan is to restore the panel up, eventually. But what the heck's it off? Over to the combined brains of the forum...
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if there's anywhere you're likely to get an answer I think this is the place. I am thinking possibly one of the V bombers as nothing else comes to mind that would have both controls.
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That was my thinking Mike! I don't recognise it from our Victor so that leaves 2 options I guess...

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I don't know why but something makes me think Vulcan. I'm almost as intrigued by this panel as you. I can't wait for someone to pop up on here and put us out of our misery. Am I right in thinking the box behind it is an old aircraft radio? I vaguely remember seeing something like it in the radio position in the Varsity.
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It's a nice puzzle for a Tuesday for sure! Yep it is a radio, an 1155. It is with me for safe keeping and a bit of conservation on its way from one of the YAM radio shack guys to the SPT, after he donated it for their Shack 1 cockpit section.
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I don't recognise it either. Don't forget, though, that large aircraft sometimes have anti-spin parachutes fitted during test flying. It could be a panel from a prototype. Otherwise the juxtaposition of cabin controls and tail chute on the same panel looks a bit odd.
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It's Hunter - F6 or FGA9. Port side shelf behind the throttle and radio controller(s) and contains the Air Con/cabin pressurisation controls, hood motor CB, tailplane motor CB, radar test switch and cabin pressurisation warning test switch. The large flap should cover a whole load of fuses, but that depends if the panel has been stripped out and is just the top metalwork - the panel on the angle I cannot recall what that is used for but was a mod. HTH.

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XF940 is spot on... It's the Cockpit Port Console, The angled panel holds the Tail Chute toggle test switch, and to its right is, (I think)... the tailplane main motor circuit breaker. [ATTACH=CONFIG]231595[/ATTACH]
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Excellent detective work, cheers chaps! So, next question... Does anyone need said panel for a restoration project? Happy to pass it on to a genuine project where it will be fitted back to an aircraft/cockpit section if so, once I've tidied it up...
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The angled panel holds the Tail Chute toggle test switch, and to its right is, (I think)... the tailplane main motor circuit breaker.
Tail Chute test switch - Yes, of course. Not something my Hunter F.4 had, but always thought it was a really crazy place to fit it (the switch that is) as the flap is there to access the fuses, so the switch is a bit of an awkward 'wart' really. But then if you look at the way the Hunter was constantly upgraded from the nice and 'clean' F.1 cockpit, they started to run out of space to fit the extra switches and stuff. Even my F.4 has switches and extra panels that you think "hmmm ... funny place to stick that".

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Nice to know where it belongs. I think that's a problem with any machine which goes through mid service upgrades. The original is well thought out then when you add things in mid life upgrades you suddenly find you have to come up with a place to fit things.