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How Comfortable Are Those Seats?

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    How Comfortable Are Those Seats?

    Taking the 6 for a short hop from EKBI to ESMS and I started to just gaze around the cockpit. Those seats look vintage, but still comfortable. Are they springy (wire mesh with springs like cars from this era) or just overstuffed? Anyone have real seat time in there to describe?

    They remind me of an old folding chair my dad had for his train table that was extra springy, but still comfortable. This seat shook loose that memory and also just made me curious. I like to think about what these planes really feel like and relating to something I've experienced helps.

    That chair was lost years ago now, but man I miss it. I can still hear those spring crunch as you shift around. Had a light blue cloth seat with a swirly nap pattern and polished metal frame. Full disclosure, I've had a few and getting all nostalgic over here.

    Genuinely curious, though. I love to know those feels and smells, too!
    Matthew Glanden

    Hi Mathew
    Can't speak much for the DC-6 seat but I use a WW2 Co-pilot seat from a C-47 at the computer. It is pretty much original with proper cushions and back rest - even a sheepskin cover for the Winter. It is comfortable in the short term but not luxurious - certainly won't fall asleep in it but I guess one is supposed to be paying attention. I worked inside DC-6s many years ago but didn't spend much time in either seat - just enough to clean windshields and clean up.
    Hope this helps

    Warren Hayes


      That is really cool, Warren. Thanks for sharing. I love that kind of tangible history. I've been looking through some surplus sites and eBay for some interesting airline/aviation stuff. It's fun to dream, but I my wife would kill me!
      Matthew Glanden


        I sat in a Ju-52 Copilot seat. Nothing where I would like to spend hours or - heaven forbid - fly! But I also sat in a Ka8 for 4 hours with a parachute as a cushion. And in a Doppelraab. 10 minutes. Without a parachute. šŸ™ˆ Iā€˜m sure an american made Dc3 or 6 is a couch in comparison šŸ˜
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