In 1923 the Fokker T-2 became the first airplane to fly nonstop across the United States. Two pilots took turns flying the airplane. One sat in the open-air cockpit just behind the engine. The other sat behind a large fuel tank in the cabin below the wing. An auxillary set of flight controls in the cabin was used to fly the airplane while the pilots switched positions.
Image Number: SI 97-15335
Credit: Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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