Are you f-ing clueless. You should be smart enough not to argument with me on aviation subjects. They did away with flight engineers decades ago!!!!! And besides, the flight engineers job is not flying the airplane but maintaining the engines.<quoted text>
As to that flight, all high-density passenger planes had a third hand, an engineer. Well, an engineer would've controlled that speed, it was his job. Period.
Train one km long, 70 high-explosive tank cars. ONE engineer. And, get this, what more perfect a target for a terrorist? Guards put there by the train company? What for?
The story is as follows : One hour before tragedy, lead locomotive caught fire while engineer slept in motel. Volunteer fire fighters had to stop the engine to fight the fire, had to disconnect the brakes. Fire was put out. Firefighters then left the train in the custody of the Montreal and Maine representative WHO DID NOT CALL THE ENGINEER TO CHECK THE LOCOMITIVE. Train started to roll one hour after and as Rooney said, "rhe rest of the story".
You think one engineer for a 1 km-long train with 70+ cars filled with high-explosive oil is sufficient? Why do you jump to these bigwigs' defence instantly? You are in the victims' camp, or could be. What's the matter with you? 1/3 of the town is in ruins, 15 dead, toll could rise to 50 as 35 are missing and you're rooting for the big guys? What kind of vassal are you anyway? The Canadian Dept of Transport is now reviewing its one-engineer rule. Pro big business idiots. A bit late, no?
Lets's talk about a Lockheed Super Connie.
The first time I flew the Atlantic was in a Super Connie and not only did they have a flight engineer, they also had a navigator which modern planes no longer have.
But back to the Super Connie. They had four 18-cylinder radial piston engines (that's 72 cylinders per aircraft) which have two spark plugs per cylinder (which makes 144 spark plugs) and four compound magnetos per engine (16 magnetos per aircraft) and you had to adjust the fixtures in the carburetors/fuel injection systems).
A joke was when you landed was to fill the oil tanks and check the gas tanks!
Oh, a 200 flight hour spark plug change would cost you about $7,200 just for the spark plugs and back then that meant every two months! Yep, if the plane flies 100 hours per month, that adds up to $180,000 today just to change the spark plugs EACH YEAR! And that is one of the reasons why they went to jet engines!