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otto pilot

The view: Prototype of “OTTO-PILOT” in May 1968.  A later version appeared in the 1980 movie “Airplane” with all-star cast.

The pilot: John Meyers

The airplane: Douglas DC-6

The mission: Pulling a prank on novice cabin crews in the era.

The memory: Inflight demonstration of the DC-6 “autopilot”. It’s actually a Playtex glove which was rubber-banded to a cold-air eyeball outlet near the control wheel. The geometry was perfect and the glove mimicked the yoke movement. The dishwashing glove actually pulsated given the uneven airflow from the vent.

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