Repeated for those that did not notice my previous comments about older jet aircraft...'What's the big deal about jets?'
Newer types are a pleasure to fly, very responsive.
Older types however, are a different kettle of fish altogether (speaking B707-321, JT4 powered here...).
Take for example...descent.
At 110 miles, close the throttles.
Duh, that was not a good idea, the Flight Engineer is having a fit because he cannot maintain pressurisation...as he grabs the inboard throttles and pushes them smartly up, to ensure turbocompressor spool-up.
So, down we go...now at thirty miles and still at 15,000, hmmm, lets grab a handful of spoilers. Ohhh, that was not a good idea, now the aircraft is shaking so much that you cannot read the instruments.
A better idea would be to split the spoilers (inboards OFF), ahhh, that works better, except now both you and the co-pilot have to push smartly forward on the column, to keep the nose from pitching up (way UP
)...opps, started the stab trim too late, now the jackscrew is stalled.
Now, slightly low on the glide, a fistfull of throttles (why does it take so LONG for spool-up, opps, forgot, non-fan engines).
Gusty winds on final, no problem, the yaw damper will take care of this...NOT.
It had to be switched OFF at 1000agl, leaving you to arm wrestle the pig to the ground.
The handling qualities of the early heavy jet transports was very poor...new guys, on modern types, have it EASY.