There is no substitute to visiting Brooklands and seeing the aircraft cockpits and their Radio equipment first hand, but ahead of that visit, or for those that cannot come here, we offer some pictures of radio equipment inside some of our aircraft, like Concorde above, or the Vickers Wellington below. (More images will be added as time allows)
The Equipment below is just a small selection of electronics that was installed inside a Vickers Varsity aircraft. Built at Brooklands the prototype was first flown by J 'Mutt' Summers and G R 'Jock' Bryce from Wisley on 17 July 1949, with production aircraft first going into service in 1951. The Varsity which was a direct descendent of the Wellingtons it replaced, was used to train pilots to fly multi-engined aircraft along with radio operation, navigation and bomb aiming.
Below shows some of the equipment on a Vickers Viscounts Some 445 Viscounts were built and sold to airlines all over the world between 1948 and 1963, it was also the first turboprop airliner to operate a passenger service. We have a much loved example here at Brooklands known as Viscount Stephen Piercey (named after the famous aviation photographer) which you can read all about it here.
The Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde operated from 1976 until 2003 and operated at twice the speed of sound. Although assembled elsewhere major sections were built at Brooklands prior to assembly. When you consider the prototype first flew in 1969 just six years after production of the Viscount stopped, it is hard to see any similarities.