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Cockpit: F-4 Phantom II

The instrument panels in USAF's F4 Phantom

F-4 PHANTOM cockpit

In this picture you can see the 3 gear lights in the green (at lower left), indicating that all 3 wheels are down and locked. The orange/ read gear handle is also in the down position. The transition from gear up to down takes a few seconds.

Up and slightly right you can see the FLAPS indicator in the green. Flaps are either fullly up or fully down. Above the FLAPS indicator is the speed brake indicator, which here is unlit, meaning the speed brake is retracted.

Pressing F2 puts you in panning cockpit mode which shows the upper part of the panel and more of the sky. Notice the HUD panel... on my monitor it looked real enough to touch!

Ready to pan the view

Panning right

Now either by using shift and the keypad arrow keys, or selecting padlock view F3, the view moves around while the instruments remain quite readable. The canopy reflections gave me enough cues to remain oriented even in the most extreme "neck craning" positions!