Science: Simulated Disaster

The cockpit of a big modern airliner is a nightmare of instruments, switches, knobs, push buttons and warning lights. They crowd for attention in front of the pilot and copilot. They encrust the walls, drip from the roof like stalactites and overflow into the cubbyhole where the flight engineer sits. On a Boeing Strato-liner, there are 598 gadgets to watch. The three-man crew must know what each one is, where it is, and how to use it instantly. In an emergency, a few seconds of fumbling may mean a crash.

Training by actual flight...

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