" Though this 747 still looked modern from the outside, its technology was essentially the same as that of the first 747 flown in 1969."
" The cockpit was a quaint array of yesterdays technology, dials and knobs, toggle switches, and analog gauges. There where no color graphical displays, no whiz-bang computers capable of improving on the calculations of the human flight engineers in a fraction of the time. "
The 747 Classic is one of the few remaining commercial jetliners still requiring a third crew member, to moniter the amount of fuel in the tanks and the operation of the engines.
- from " Deadly Departure " by Christine Negroni
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