Re: Sign of the times
> I remember that story from the early 70s amidst rumours of fully automated airliners soon to fly without pilots.
Until someone put it through a customer focus group, that soon killed the idea. :-)
Which to be honest, we (pilots) have probably killed a lot more people than we've saved. But I for one I'm pleased that the cargo, if they make it, have someone onboard to blame for the "bad" landing.
> By 1945, even DC-3 (C-47) troop transports were all fitted with autopilots.
Yes, but nowadays when people talk about the autopilot, more often they refer to the bit that controls the autopilot (and the engines, radios, and other things) rather than to the autopilot itself. This is what was invented around the 70s, and which those headlines probably referred to.
I didn't know about those bombers you mention. Interesting. They had a lot of ingenuity back in those days.