Flying in a Different Era

The latest "Ask the Pilot" column at Salon.com is an evocative essay about the DC-8 and transatlantic flying in an earlier era, albeit one only 20 years ago. It’s a good read, and a reminder of how quickly aviation has changed, even if some fundamentals, such as cruising speed, haven’t kept pace with high-tech cockpits, more fuel-efficient and reliable engines, and other developments.

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