Two step pedals in RAF fighters

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    When did the RAF start equipping its Spitfires and Hurricanes with two step pedals to help counteract Blacking out during tight turns. I think they were standard from the factory by early 1941 but were they retro fitted to service fighters earlier.
     
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    I always thought this is to adapt for different seat position during flight and start/landing .
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    #3 Edgar Brooks, Jun 8, 2015
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    12-1-41 (that's January 12,) as modification 269 on the Spitfire; probably about the same time (modification 190) on the Hurricane.
    A Spitfire modification leaflet was issued, enabling units to do the work themselves (15 man-hours,) but not until March 1941.

    The change was made when trials against a Me109 found that the pilot could withstand tighter turns, without blacking out, which was put down to his straight-out leg position.
    Bader had a similar advantage, since he had no legs for the blood to drain into.
     
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