I’m sorry I'm a little late, but …
Some days ago I found some pictures on my pc, one of them is 12 years old, it’s an overlay made by me on top of the picture “organ-airliner cockpit” - it will change your story a bit, I think. My first intension was not to share my very personal pictures, but after some considerations I decided to bring them here. You also wrote that the picture is public domain, that’s also my opinion. I captured the picture long time ago in a much higher definition than you see here (my pictures are downsampled).
It was a fine and funny story you wrote about the Cavaillé-Coll-Cockpit (CCC) or what it is, but unfortunately no instructions were given for the very strange instrument board which is made a long time ago, I can tell. Your story and ideas are new, that’s right, but the photo of the strange cockpit is from a much older period, it’s from the days when is was normal that airplanes were flown by classical hydraulic or mechanical systems, today they use other electronic systems so you can “fly-by-wire”, as they say.
Strange enough the CCC-cockpit is without Yoke’s (a yoke is much similar to a steering wheel in a car), maybe the airplane only can fly by the power of thoughts, maybe that’s why you’re unable to spot any conventional flying instruments in the cockpit.
When you’re looking at modern electronic glass cockpits, you only need very few instrument displays on which you can watch actual and critical instruments and situations, and you don’t get tired of having the same view or so, in order to lift the airplane from the ground, just take a look at this quite modern Airbus 380 cockpit: http://gv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coadan:Airbus_A380_cockpit.jpg
On modern electronic organs, HW-based e.g., you only need a pair of monitors or touch screens in order to give the audience a feeling of being lifted from the ground, then you can move to higher levels and speeds etc. – much the same way in music as in airplanes.
But the cockpit you show needs some essential instruments. With the shown lack of instruments you has to be extremely sensitive to how fast or slow you are going, to how high or low you are flying and to how many turbo jet’s you have started up etc. I miss instruments like a pair of Yoke’s, a Power-quadrant, a Directional Indicator, an Attitude Indicator (with Artificial Horizon), a Turn Indicator etc.
Who do you think would like to steer this impossible machine and who would dare to fly with it? Nobody, I think, it’s pure imagination, but the intensions are fantastic. Many competent people will be able to take off with this kind of airplane and bring it to the sky, but I don’t think that anybody will hear any super sonic sounds during the flight on this converted old DC3 or so - only experienced captain organists will be able to bring the many tons of aging mechanism down to a normal smooth landing, so that the passengers or the audience are interested in another trip with the flying circus.
Back in 1998 my sister had been working as an organist for 30 years. I made this picture to her, the funny “organ-airliner cockpit”-picture was unchanged and used as a background for my frame and words. The original cockpit-picture must have been from 1998 or earlier:http://www.hcdavidsen.dk/hauptwerk/forum/Gerda_30-years-jubi_OrganJumbo_LowDen_1998-04-13_HCD.jpg
The text is in Danish, at the top it says: Organist or captain on a Jumbo jet? At the bottom it says: Congratulations with the 30 years jubilee, dear Gerda.
I’m sorry I did’nt have the original picture, but I had the picture above in native CorelPAINT format (much the same as Photoshop). I had to dissect the picture part by part, and finally I had the background picture which I exported to a jpg. The exported picture is close to the original, I think, it’s 2038 x 1438 pixels with a definition of 234 dpi and the file size is 1,986,814 bytes. In order to keep the file size down (for me) I downsampled it further to 319,813 bytes, but the size and the definition is the same. You can get a copy of it here, and because it is public domain you can do with it what you like:http://www.hcdavidsen.dk/hauptwerk/forum/Organ-airliner-cockpit_2032x1438pix_234dpi_LowDen_2010-04-14_HCD.jpg
I also have to show you what I made to my sister 10 years later in 2008. It has nothing to do with the Organ Airliner, but I think it’s just as funny.
In 2008 my sister had been working for 40 years, to her jubilee I made this card - an organ donor card. I had seen a similar card on the internet (not as funny as this one), the card I made looked like this (also compressed):http://www.hcdavidsen.dk/hauptwerk/forum/Gerda_40-years-jubi_OrganDonor_LowDen_2008-04-13_HCD.jpg
Now in 2010 my sister is still going strong, in July this year she’ll be 70 - she’ll continue until she’s 72.
Many years ago I loved flying virtual airplanes on the pc, I had some sophisticated cockpits and airplanes, but none of them has ever matched the exceptionally cockpit in the Organ Airliner model OA1.
Finally I bring a photo I took in Hamburg 12 days ago on a study tour. It looks like a floting church; maybe they use a water organ?http://www.hcdavidsen.dk/hauptwerk/forum/Church-on-water_Hamburg_LowDen_2010-04-16_HCD.jpg