TEN years ago most aeroplanes, certainly nearly all those of the R.A.F., had open cockpits and pilot's view was not the problem it is to‐day. Occasionally a pilot would be heard to murmur that “in a so‐and‐so you couldn't see a thing straight ahead when you were on the ground,” but apart from a few such complaints very few were made about the view once the aeroplane had got into the air or when it was flying in bad weather. The pilot might complain if he had to move his head out of the shelter of the front screen when travelling at, say, 70 m.p.h., but he could at all events do this when wearing goggles and thus safely approach the aerodrome and land.
Serby, J.E. (1938), "Pilot's View in Cabin Aircraft: The Principles of Satisfactory Windscreen Design to Give Clear Vision and Wide Field", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 10 No. 7, pp. 219-220. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb030340
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