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Dumbing It Down in the Cockpit

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Airplanes of yesteryear presented more of a challenge to pilots than todays planes, but that may not have been all bad.

Credit: Harry & Ewing courtesy of The Library of Congress

Long gone are the leather jackets, goggles, and silk scarves flung over the shoulders of aviators who wrestled with flight controls, furiously scanned instruments, and navigated using paper charts.

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