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Captain's and center panels of a TWA CV-880, N871TW.   Cockpit access was rarely denied a young airport bum -- all you had to do was to be polite and be careful to only ask about subjects that would be on the ground long enough to not squeeze the airline's departure preparations. Interesting details include EPR gauges with bugs set at 2.49, well in excess of the normal value of modern engines at takeoff power, Mach meter limit at .88 (!) , and an antique 7Up can trying to hide behind the nose gear tiller.  We can also tell that it was probably a fine spring day, with the static temperature showing 16 degrees C.  Or 61 Fahrenheit if you don't feel like doing the conversion.  :-)

Philadelphia, April, 1966