747 Flight Deck

The instrument panel of a Boeing 747 built in 1970.  As a boy I’m sure I’d have been awed by the complexity.  However that’s not how I see it now.  I was appalled by the antiquated avionics.  I recoiled in horror when I saw an ADF.  If I ever have to fly an NDB approach in actual conditions in a pokey little Cessna 172 I’d consider it an emergency and they did that in a four engine jet with 380 people in the back.  But consider this.  This instrument panel is forty-five years old.  That’s more than half the history of commercial aviation.  This picture was taken at the Hiller Aviation Museum.

  • Aperture: ƒ/14
  • Camera: LEICA X2
  • Taken: February 11, 2015
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s
    747 Flight Deck