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Flying low between some trees with Jim Burt as passenger.

Flying low between some trees with Jim Burt as passenger.

Gwen "Clink" Linder of Port Charlotte, Fla. sitting on the wheel of her Stearman PT-19 open cockpit trainer at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas in 1944. This was the first plane she flew as a member of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP's).

Gwen "Clink" Linder of Port Charlotte, Fla. sitting on the wheel of her Stearman open cockpit trainer at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas in This was the first plane she flew as a member of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP's).

Douglas A-1 Skyraider flying over Vietnam with an open cockpit.

flytofight: “Douglas Skyraider flying over Vietnam with an open cockpit. The Skyraider could carry its own weight in ordnance.

The A-10 thunderbolt II and it's 30mm GAU-8 Avenger cannon will open up a tank like it was a tin can.

that's pretty much what an is. says that the gun would actually slow the plane when sustained fired. Why have the Soviets-putinists-commie-chinese not copied this yet?

A “Gosport Tube” was a voice tube used by flight instructors in the early days of military aviation to give instructions and directions to their students. It was invented by flying instructor Robert Raymond Smith-Barry at the School of Special Flying he opened at Gosport in 1917

Gosport tube - speaking tube helmet for student pilots in biplanes

Boeing-Stearman Model 75 -- this is a 2-seat training biplane of rugged construction with large, fixed tailwheel undercarriage, and accommodation for the student and instructor in open cockpits in tandem. They were often sold by the military as surplus, and often converted to cropduster use. This is the plane that Jo flies in Duster.

WAVES Parachute Rigger Class Lorna Peterson climbing out of a training plane after her orientation flight with Lieutenant (jg) Keith W.

Lady Heath, born Sophie Pierce Evans in Limerick. For a five-year period from the mid-1920s, pilot Lady Mary Heath was one of the best-known women in the world. It was an era when everyone had gone aviation mad, she was the first woman to parachute and the first woman to gain a commercial pilot’s licence. In 1928 Lady Heath made front-page news worldwide as the first pilot ever, male or female, to fly a small, open cockpit plane solo from Cape Town

paintingses: ““ An Irish Pilot (Lady Heath) by Sir John Lavery oil on canvas, 1928 ” ”

This is a picture of Clarence Culver at the controls of a biplane. Clarence was in the army, and was in charge of getting radios to work in airplanes. Note the microphone in the picture. I would think wind noise would be a little bit of an issue in an open cockpit airplane like this.

Clarence Curtis Culver U. military radio engineer and pilot in charge of the development of radio in airplanes, testing a radio in a Curtiss airplane.

The Fairey Swordfish.  A biplane with fixed landing gear and open cockpit, it is impossible to imagine this crippling the Bismarck or sinking an Italian battleship -- which it did.  It saw work as a torpedo bomber, anti-submarine weapon and reconnaissance aircraft for the Royal Navy in WWII.  The wings were designed for fold back for carrier storage.

) - the tiny slow plane that took out the mighty German Super Battleship the Bismarck

C130 Cockpit, as Flight Engineer I sat between the pilots. Best job I ever had.

“The cockpit door was open, and the natural light streaming through it pulled him like a beacon”

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