Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Rey Fowler, current B-17 pilot
The B-17 cockpit is incredibly unique. A lot of cockpits look similar, but the B-17 is totally different. No other airplane that flies today has that throttle quadrant. Every other airplane has a throttle you grab at the top. In the B-17, you handle the throttles from underneath, using your underhand. Grasp the top rung and engines one and four will respond, while the bottom rungs gives you two and three. The split middle rung gives all four at once and is, therefore, used the most. It takes a while for new B-17 pilots to remember to turn their hands.