Re: Cockpit Windows

Date:         24 Jan 98 02:53:24 
From:         Ed Mellinger <>
Organization: MBARI
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> >>Pardon me if this is a stupid question, but why do older planes (such as
> >>a Boeing 707, 727, or 737, and a DC-8 or -9 and MD-80) have an extra
> >>cockpit window (or two) on top of the main row of cockpit windows?  And
> >>why do newer, but similarly sized planes such as the A320 family and the
> >>757 have just one row of cockpit windows?

On NASA 717, a DC-8-72, we used to use 'em to see where we were going
when in a 60 degree bank turn.  I hope most airline pilots use 'em for
something else, most of the time...