Important Things Inside The Short Sunderland
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The history behind this Short Sunderland featured in the video is quite interesting. Built in 1944, it flew several anti-submarine missions over in the Atlantic and even to the North Sea.
This video walks us through three important things about this iconic plane:
1. Lower Deck
In the lower deck, one gets to see the bomb aimer section and the placement of three machine guns. As you go through a walkway, you’d also find a storage area where you’d usually find a rifle rack, and the crew’s personal effects.
Then, you can enter a room where it can fit up to eight people sitting next to each other to eat meals. After that, it would lead to the galley where there’s a ladder that leads to the upper deck and acts as a storage area and also a place where food is usually prepared.
In the lower deck, one can also find the bomb storage bay. As one enters the tail section, is the workshop where vital tools, parachutes, flares, etc., are stored,
2. Upper Deck
In the upper deck of the plane, we see an amplifying unit attached to the control unit, a rocket flare storage, a couple of tanks, hydraulic equipment, a radio transmitter unit, and so much more.
In the middle section, one can see more radio equipment, a flight engineer station, and radio and radar operator positions.
There are also some notable things that you can find in the cockpit.
On the port side are switches such as the radio demolition switch, to the right is the autopilot control levers and control switches, and below this from the left are bomb fusing switches, bomb carriage indicator lights and bomb selector panel.
On the pilot’s front, you’ll find the basic six – the airspeed indicator, altitude indicator, vertical speed indicator, altimeter, directional gyro, and turn and slip indicator.