XB-52 tandem cockpit question

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  1. ivanotter

    ivanotter Member

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    All,

    Herewith a question which I seem not to be able to get a view on anywhere.

    The XB-52 had a rather nice looking tandem cockpit.

    Production ended up with the airliner cockpit.

    1) Was it planned to end up with airliner cockpit from the start?
    2) Was the tandem cockpit just for the testing phases
    3) Did the cockpit layout radically change?
    4) Did the XB-52 have the same cockpit area (e.g rest area, etc)
    5) Was the tandem cockpit OK for testing as the flight time might have been considerable shorter than actual deployment?

    If anybody should have any lay-outs a la the B-36 cockpit layout (THANKS), please.

    Anyone?

    Thanks in advance

    Ivan
     
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    michaelmaltby Well-Known Member

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    My understanding of the matter is that Boeing envisioned the cockpit as implemented in the XB-52 - following the B-47 concept.

    SAC Commander Mr. Curtis LeMay did not like tandem configurations, believing that side-by-side was more appropriate for bomber control.

    The XB-52 thus was "accepted" by the USAF as the B-52 that we all know and love today. :)

    MM
     
  3. ivanotter

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    Did the pilots strap in as in a fighter jet? Could they move around at all in the tandem cockpit?

    What about the other crew members? Did they have more freedom of movement?

    Ivan
     
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    The side by side arrangement allows for better cockpit cross checks prodecure monitoring between flightcrew. This is the basis for crew resource managment (CRM) fundamentals in modern parlance.
     
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