DC-9 Steam Gauges: After flying EFIS for over three years solid (except for my general aviation flying), I stepped into the 1960ís-era DC-9 cockpit! It was challenging, but enjoyable. I hand flew the plane as often as possible, mainly because I found it simpler than using the ancient autopilot! This picture was taken somewhere over the central U.S. soon after I finished DC-9 training (summer 2001). We are cruising at 35,000í and .78 Mach (not bad for an airplane thatís older than many of its pilots). Yes, I know Iím 50í off my altitudeÖgive me a break, Iím hand flying a 100,000-pound plane at 7 miles up AND taking a picture!
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