Start valve open . . . Rotation . . . Oil pressure . . . Fuel flow . . . Ignition . . . Peak EGT . . . Start valve closed . . . Turning number two.'' This was the litany heard every time we cranked the JT-8Ds that powered Boeing's mighty tri-motor, the B727. The flight engineer and first officer would go through this singsong duet, calling out what was expected and normal in a routine engine start. Time and again. Then came the concept of the quiet/ dark cockpit in which lots of bells ...


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