Although I don't fly much with passenger planes and I'm no "spotter" hanging around big airports, I must admit that the cockpits of airliners are among the most exciting places for me :-)
The Il-18 was the most prominent - and
possibly the best - 4-engine turboprop plane ever designed in the Sovietunion
(although the Tupolev Tu-114 and Tu-95 was bigger and had a much bigger
A small twin jet, one of the loudest airliners that still can be seen around here.
The navigator worked in the glass-nose
of the plane. It must have been a great sight from there! (that's me on
the picture to the left - the photo was taken at the Museum of Ferihegy
One of the nicest jets of history I think! And I'm not saying this because the first plane I flew with was a Tu-154! It was slick, elegant and fast, went higher than others in its category...
Too bad that it was loud and very "kerozine-thirsty" too...
The plane had a very nice autopilot too,
that was capable of doing some things that the comtemporary other jets
(B-727, early B737) couldn't do. This plane was even better than its designers
would thought: the soviets flew it with a crew of five (pilot, co-pilot,
navigator, board engineer, radioman - or something like that), but hungarian
airline MALÉV operated it with just 3 (pilot, co-pilot, engineer). And
than they've made it match the ICAO-III requirements too!
A much more modern aircraft than the previous
ones, but also less exciting ;-)
The cockpit of a MALÉV Malév B767-300.
This cabin is bigger than the 737's so even I fit in there :-) Besides
that, the whole thing has a certain "space shuttle" feeling!
The mechanics call this plane "tamagotchi"
I wonder why..