Boe­ing B-29 Su­per­fortress

Flight Journal - - GALLERY -

David Oliver, Flight Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer, B-29/B-24 Squadron Com­mem­o­ra­tive Air Force

This is a great cock­pit! The truth is when it comes to a fly­ing air­plane—in­stru­men­ta­tion aside—the ba­sic er­gonomics make all the dif­fer­ence. That means that the yoke in front of you is at the right height with a good feel; a seat that al­lows some ad­just­ment; and rud­der ped­als that are er­gonomic for your feet. In the Lib­er­a­tor, they’re too far apart and travel too far, so a short guy can’t get reach them. The B-29 doesn’t have any of that. It’s well bal­anced with the cor­rect throw for dif­fer­ent body sizes. It also has a nice big old fat trim wheel sit­ting on the left side by your knee.

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