A Cape Town Castle Military Museum tagged image from photographer – wbaiv as published on Flickr.
Visitor and Vulcan port station periscope
Image by wbaiv
Here we are at the aft-facing systems panel seats in the back of a Vulcan cockpit. The reddish eyepiece at the middle of the frame is for an optical (!) path to an aft-looking periscope… Peering into it I could see under the fuselage. I don’t know if its a situational awareness feature, if it can look down for marking waypoints, etc. I didn’t know there was such a thing until I saw this one in 1998. It folds into the worksurface and the Alfred E. Newman picture is on the underside of the cover.
I do not know the name of the visitor at the left edge of this photo.
You can see that little porthole in the aft part of the (mostly opaque) canopy in the upper right of the photo. Snce we’re looking back and to the right, you’d be correct thinking we’re on the port side of the cockpit, behind the pilot’s seat.
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