So many buttons & levers & instruments (and they’re all in different places!) and struts and new things!
A small panorama from the back seat of the SNJ.
A lever and at least one gauge that I’ve never used before, since I’ve never flown a plane with a constant speed prop.
On the left side of the seat (you can’t see it in this view) is a big lever with a yellow knob, and at the bottom center of the panel are two green lights. The green lights are good because we were on the ground and the landing gear was down. Another new thing for me.
Also the first time with a stick instead of a “control yoke” – known to you and I as a steering wheel.
I have my pilot’s license. We need pilots at the CAF, particularly on the lower end aircraft like this one. (Everyone wants to fly the fighters or the bombers, the trainers are the poor sisters of the group.) If I could ever catch a break on my time demands (or make one) and could get current again in a “normal” aircraft (a Cessna 172 or 150 usually) then I could start training in the PT-19 and in a year or two…