Friday, December 16, 2011

In the cockpit

This is in the cockpit of the C-17 (Globemaster) enroute from Christchurch to McMurdo. They let the passengers up to the cockpit one or two folks at a time. The US Air Force flight crews don't have to follow civil aviation rules, and are quite friendly in general.

The cockpit is a mix of modern, glass instrumentation and big olive drab levers and buttons.

View out of the side of the cockpit window, broken sea ice on the approach to McMurdo. This was probably 30-40 minutes, maybe 200-300 miles, out of arrival.

The overhead panels was a solid wall of olive drab and black buttons and indicators.

Open water channel quite a ways from McMurdo still.

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