Re: Aha! The three-man 767 rears its ugly head...

From: (Hayes N. Press)
Organization: Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company
Date:         26 Dec 92 00:01:47 CST
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>I knew I wasn't going mad...  In a recent post, I commented on a three-man
>767.  Karl hadn't heard of it, which surprised me, so I went looking for
>it--and couldn't find it--which surprised me even more.  I finally ran across
>this blurb.

>I have no recollection of a picture of one of these critters, though.  Can
>someone clear up this matter?

I don't know if I can clear this up but I can assure you that you are not 
going mad, unless madness is common in aerospace professionals.

The original design for the 767 was indeed for a 3 person-crew (even though 
the anthropometrics were probably 3 man-crew biased).  There was an extensive 
article done in Harvard Business Review (sorry I don't recall the year but it 
is pre-1990) on the design/production aspects.  The article dealt with the 
management approaches used to determine whether the production line of the 
first 30 or so, 767 should be stopped and retrofited "in-position" or whether 
the line should be allowed to continue with the first ~30 being 3 person-crew 
and the ~31st and then on being the two person variety.  In summary, the 
decision was to build the first ~30 as 3 person-crew and then if (when) they 
got certification of a two person configuration they would tear-out the third 
station and make the other necessary changes needed by use of "RAMS" teams.  
These teams would then have only one learning curve on the modifications 
needed, rather than ~30 since the aircraft on the line would all be at 
different stages of production.  

There was even one airline (which I don't recall either, but it may have been 
UAL or someone in the South Pacific) that accepted their aircraft in the 
three person configuration, whether that configuration has since been changed 
or not I'm also not so sure.  

The extra flight station being removed from the original design may also 
explain the roominess of the 767 cockpit.  It is by far the largest I have 
been in with more free space and comfort for the jumpseat passenger.

Speaking only for myself.

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