The Catacombs The Continuity Guide
Eagle Guide
by Martin Willey

Eagle Pilot Section Panels

Text and console art by Marcus Lindroos

Flight Console


A broad view of the flight console from the pilot's side.


This view shows the console and the flight levers in front.

Another Time, Another Place

A view from the co-pilot side towards the pilot position.

Matter Of Life And Death

The console as it appeared in Matter of Life and Death.

Guardian Of Piri Guardian Of Piri

The front console in Guardian Of Piri. The illuminated colour squares now have labels (or at least letters and symbols).


Closeup view of the top left corner of the Eagle pilot flight console (Earthbound). Alan Carter pushes the "Input" and "Mark" buttons to activate the "vacuum chamber" airlock. The small instrument below looks very much like a modern aircraft multifunction display. The twin "Vacuum Chamber" buttons and most of the labels do not appear in the first four episodes.

Ring Around The Moon

The bottom left corner of the Eagle pilot flight console. The twin red buttons perform different payload related functions. Seen here is the Ring Around The Moon configuration, where the left button sets the gravity shield to 50% power. The one on the right gives full gravity shield power (in Black Sun it fires the laser instead).

Black Sun

A row of six buttons are normally hidden behind plastic key guards.These also appear to be payload-dependent. In this scene from Black Sun Ryan fires a laser beam. In Ring Around The Moon and War Games the two red buttons turn on and off the autopilot instead.

Space Warp

The centre section has a small hardcopy printer unit (it is used in Matter of Life And Death and Space Warp only). There are also three buttons labeled A,B,C. In this scene Maya pushes the middle "B" button to retract the launch pad boarding tube (Space Warp)


In Breakaway, the cargo Eagle centre panel has a second instrument display instead.

Space Brain

The other half of the Eagle commander's flight console is dominated by a 10" cathode ray tube. The square keypad at left has eight illuminated touch sensitive keys, plus three small buttons on top which do not appear in the early episodes. In Death's Other Dominion and The A B Chrysalis, the yellow button at top right turns on the external camera. The labels read "Demodulators" and, below, "Quadruplers" (both terms are used in electronics for signal processing).

All That Glisters

The copilot flight console is seen less frequently. This is the bottom half (All That Glisters).

Guardian Of Piri

A rare good view of the copilot flight console from Guardian of Piri. It seems the two colour multifunction displays show velocity, estimated arrival time and distance information, among other parameters (Catacombs of the Moon, The Seance Spectre, Brian The Brain). In most episodes the copilot acts as a systems manager, monitoring the instruments while the commander pilots the Eagle.

Dragon's Domain

The buttons between the copilot and pilot are rarely used. The two red buttons above the "K","M" were added in Ring Around The Moon. These buttons switch off the main power/propulsion system in War Games as well.

Catacombs Of The Moon

In year 2, most of the centre console buttons were covered by a central extension equipped with an additional two ten-inch CRT displays.

Space Brain

Detail showing the control stick.

Space Warp

Printing out hard-copy in Space Warp

Flight Console Screens


The CRT screen frequently displays video from external cameras. It is almost always black and white, except in Breakaway.

Death's Other Dominion

The CRT also shows systems messages ("EMERGENCY LANDING", "ABORT", "RED ALERT" etc.).


The flight console screen is frequently used as a video telephone. The leftmost button below the CRT starts the video call in The Full Circle and Guardian of Piri (the red button at far right is used for the same purpose in Seed of Destruction).

Black Sun

The four buttons below the pilot cathode ray tube probably perform the same function (in Mission of the Darians Carter pushes the leftmost button to contact Main Mission).

Another Time, Another Place

Another view of the Eagle pilot console screens. The buttons at far left turn on and off various primary as well as backup systems to conserve power (War Games, The Last Sunset).

Black Sun

In early year 1 episodes, most of the buttons have no labels. The yellow "6" and adjacent unlabelled green buttons start and end video calls in Ring Around the Moon and Matter of Life and Death, respectively.

Copyright Martin Willey