|Quoting Vc10 (Reply 15):|
but not old enough to remember Radio Operators, who I believe went out of existence in the early to mid 1950s
, since age takes precedence I will correct something here.
(sorry there is no smilie for "extremely old")
No the radio officer did not disappear in the 50s, they did vanish when I was in last years at (a very relevant) school, second half of the 60s. (66-67?)
Many converted as radio/navigator, IIRC the official name of that crew member for a very few years (3-4?), before it became solely navigator.
The 5th seat on 707 (at that particular time) was dedicated to the radioman and became (I guess) the seat of the radio/navigator, No 4 becoming free for the occasional "preferred pax" or line inspector or observer.
Seats were arranged as follows
3 seats almost in line on the left side, Cap / Nav / Radio
2 seats on the right, FO - FE
That's at least what could be found on 00-TEB/TEC/TED