When Part 1 appeared here at Dark Roasted Blend last year, we just knew we’d have to do a follow up article at some point. So here’s a look at some more weird and wonderful dashboards and instrument panels, complete with masses of levers, dials, buttons and switches.
(American LaFrance fire engine pumper controls; top photo by Todd Lapin)
Here is a cryptic gray control panel from a vintage flight simulator (complete with a steep learning curve):
A faked picture, claiming to be from the early fifties, this model was supposed to have been created to show what a home computer might look like in the year 2004, although the phony caption does state how the machine would not be feasible for the average home. A manufactured picture perhaps, but fascinating nonetheless.
"This looks like airport tower equipment. Top panel is the radio control to talk to pilots or ground personnel (but they took of the mike). The rest are control panels for radar and antenna azimuth. Most of it could be from late 1960s" (left image):
With the potential perils of nuclear power very much back in the news after the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we see here the incredible amount of technology required to run a nuclear power plant:
We looked at a few space travel vehicle panels in the first article, including the Space Shuttle and some of the early capsules, but here’s a shot of the interior of Skylab, the first space station, launched back in the seventies:
After viewing the complex panels and sets of controls for so many devices and vehicles, it’s comforting to know that in the future things will become more simplified. Here’s the bridge of the Enterprise from the original Star Trek series:
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