A Flickr group devoted to the most beautiful old control panels you've ever seen


#21

Stratotanker!!

You fuel, you.


#22

It’s about the only reason to still have any kind of Yahoo ID.
(Especially given the data breach(es)).


#23

Don’t!
Press!
The!
Button!


#24

You nailed it. He used to say, “After babying R-4360s all day long, raising three kids was a piece of cake.”


#25

I’m guessing a 50’s jet fighter of some kind???


#26

Don’t forget to tap the dials.


#27

What plane?
My Dad worked here-


F-105D


#28

AD-4 Skyraider.


#29

Consider soldering off the shelf switches to the contacts in a PC keyboard. That way you get the electronic interface taken care of, and some of the software issues.


#30

When I lived in Santa Monica as a kid in the Sixties we were a stone’s throw from the big McDonnell Douglas plant that was next to the Santa Monica Municipal Airport (aka “Clover Field”).

They used to have surplus equipment sales in a dedicated room that had street access. On Saturdays it was open to the public and I remember buying sections of control panels covered with switches, knobs, and analog gauges that had been ripped out of planes and possibly ground control equipment - for 50¢ or a dollar a pop, depending on what the guy felt like charging.

This was back when I was seeing the same kind of control panels on Time Tunnel, Lost in Space,Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and all of those other high-tech Irwin Allen thrillers, For all I know that’s where the studios were buying their crap for building props and sets.

They tore down the McDonnell Douglas plant and the city built a park there decades ago, and I was just reading that they will be closing and dismantling the Santa Monica airport in the next year or two and developing it into park space as well.


#31

Anyone else having trouble connecting to Flickr? I’m in the UK.


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