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19 Beautiful and Ludicrous Control Panels

Oh to switch these switches.

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Touchscreens, mice, and keyboards are overrated. Where's it really at? Giant, beautiful, intimidating control panels with levers and switches and gauges and sliders and buttons. Here are 19, selected more or less on the basis of awesomeness and how much they'll make you wish you could reach through your screen to mess with them.

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Apollo Guidance Computer control panel
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Control interface for the installed on every Apollo Command Module and Lunar Module.

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Nuclear power plant training simulator
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CC BY 3.0/Ben Franske

A functional replica of the control panel for the Monticello, Minnesota nuclear power plant, used for training Homer Simpsons.

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Driver's cab on a high-speed train
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CC BY 2.5/Sebastian Terfloth

A somewhat minimalist affair, this is the cockpit for an ICE 3M (Class 406) train. Licensed for use in Netherlands, Belgium and France, the trains are designed for speeds of up to 205 mph.

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The "glass cockpit" from the Space Shuttle Atlantis
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The so-called "glass cockpit" or officially the Multifunction Electronic Display Subsystem, was the first digital dash to be used in a Space Shuttle, replacing traditional electromechanical displays and gauges. The first flight with the updated dash was in May 2000.

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Professional mi console
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A Solid State Logic SL4064G+. According to Solid State Logic, 4000-series mixers are responsible for more platinum albums than all other mixers combined.

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Commercial airline cockpit
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This is the flight deck for the , the world's biggest commerical passenger plane.

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Communications control panel for a rocket
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that was used to keep to monitor communications with Apollo missions from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Control Center Firing Rooms.

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Helicopter cockpit
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The cockpit for variant designed for use in firefighting.

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Military transport cockpit
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The glass cockpit of a modernized . The Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) began in 1998 and brought new, flat-panel displays to C-5s that were built as early as the late 1960s.

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Nuclear power plant control and monitoring panel
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CC BY 3.0/Yoo Lambrev

The monitoring and control room for Unit 5 of . Built in 1987, Unit 5 is still operational today.

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The control and monitoring room for Units 3 and 4 of the , built in 1980 and 1982 respectively, and decomissioned as a pair in 2007.

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UNIVAC 1 control panel
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First installed in the Census Bureau in 1951, this is the panel you'd sit at to control the , the United State's first commercial computer.

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Nuclear ship control panel
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CC BY-SA 3.0/Acroterion

The control panel for , the first nuclear merchant ship with a capacity for 60 passengers, 124 crew, and 14,000 tons of cargo.

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Mark 80 submarine fire control system
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The control panel that would be used to monitor and fire nuclear submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) from a .

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Nuclear reactor control room panel
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Control room at the . Built in 1943-1944 and functional until 1968, the B Reactor made plutonium as part of the Manhattan Project.

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Aircraft carrier engine control panel
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CC BY-SA 3.0/Rama

The engine control panel of , which served from 1961 to 1997 and could carry 40 aircraft.

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Submarine ballast control panel
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CC BY 2.0/Cliff

The panel from an early missile submarine which would , the water tanks inside a submarine that are emptied or filled to surface or dive.

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Diving station controls for a submarine
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A Balao-class diesel-electric submarine, was rated to a test depth of 400 feet. It served throughout the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s and is now a museum in Pearl Harbor.

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Niels Bohr's cyclotron
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A is a particle accelerator that shoots particles outward from the center of a huge spiral. Bohr's, completed in the late 1930s, was used to study nuclear reactions and create radioactive isotopes.

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