Why did WWII pilots fly with the cockpit open?
BTW One of my family was RAF and did not come home. Some of you got this so wrong! Just look at photos and film and one often sees them flying with an open cockpit.
- 2 months agoFavourite answer
- cooler when open
- easier egress in a crash
- suck the smell out gasoline and oil out
- cleaner breathing when open.
- better visibility when open
- Anonymous1 month ago
You Mean, the Canopy. The Cockpit, properly is the cabin where where pilot sat, including firewall, instruments, seat, etc. It does not "slide".
Canopy is Not open while actually on patrol, dogfighting, You Only see it open in Movies--notice how the background looks "funny"? It is a Matte Image, the actor isn't "flying" at all.
William: only a very few planes in WWII had a sliding canopy and yet Could get above 26K feet or so and required pressurization The the Supermarine Spitfire was one of those few. The hi altitude bombers that could (B-29, etc.) had no sliding canopy, some had a sliding window.
- Anonymous1 month ago
YOU ARE WRONG!
at the speeds they flew during WWII the canopy would be ether blown back and forth or completely ripped off.
There is no genuine War office Air ministry or RAF film of any aircraft being flown with the canopy left open.
Till the pilot need to bale out.
Reason is the simple fact apart from an open canopy being in danger of being ripped off the aircraft it would also obscured the pilots sight preventing him from seeing in his rear view mirror.
I believe you get you misguided ideas from war films which are pure Hollywood and pinewood bunk ham.
And I also disbelieve your RAF relation claim as it sounds so false.
Plus it comes across as something you have just made up to cover your self.
- 1 month ago
Because so many newbies got sick in it and threw up all over it so they can get some fresh air...
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- fuzzyLv 62 months ago
Mostly they didn't. would you like sitting for hours in a 250+ mph/hr wind?
- FLv 62 months ago
I can imagine they did while taxiing but at 300-400 mph ? I would have thought the turbulence would make it unstable and it would create drag , reducing top speed. I can’t think any pilot would want to sacrifice any speed in a dog fight.
- 2 months ago
its like asking in indians to serve people in service in australia.Our indian are good folk not rubbish
- Anonymous2 months ago
An open canopy made egress faster in the case of a crash landing or ditching. This was especially true for carrier aircraft that had no ejection seats.
An open canopy kept the aircraft cool on the ground.
Open canopies sometimes allowed for better visibility either in good weather for enemies or in poor weather if ice and rain obscured the windscreen.
An open canopy could also give more headroom. WWII fighters were very tiny.
- JosephLv 72 months ago
They only kept the canopy open while taking off and landing so that they could get out of the plane faster in case of a crash. They kept it closed while airborne.
- GeoLv 62 months ago
They didn't. It's called a Canopy and they kept them open while taxiing on the runway and closed them before takeoff. In WW1 I don't know if any plane had a Canopy, that's an Open Cockpit. A Cockpit is where you sit, with the Controls and Gauges.
- WilliamLv 72 months ago
Because most of the time they were flying below the altitude that required them to be closed.