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u.s. air force/national geographic stock Seating Arrangements “united states air force pilots are finding it much safer and more comfortable to lie down while handling the controls of a plane,” according to notes that accompany this 1949 photograph. “shown here is the prone position pilot bed developed by air Materiel command’s aero-Medical laboratory. the prone seat produces less fatigue on long flights and permits the pilot to withstand greater gravitational pull without danger of blackout.” lying down didn’t fly. neck support for military pilots, as seen above, continues to be a concern, though. recent studies by the u.s. army aeromedical research laboratory have covered neck stress caused by today’s heavier helmets and the effects of head tilt in banking aircraft. —Johnna Rizzo O Flashback Archive find all the photos at ngm.com. FLASHBACK national geographic (issn 0027-9358) puBlisheD MonthlY BY the national geographic societY, 1145 17th st. nW, Washington, Dc 20036. one Year MeMBership: $39.00 u.s . DeliverY, $45.00 to canaDa, $51.00 to international aDDresses. single issue: $7.00 u.s. DeliverY, $10.00 canaDa, $15.00 international. (all prices in u.s. funDs; incluDes shipping anD han- Dling.) perioDicals postage paiD at Washington, Dc, anD aDDitional Mailing offices. postMaster: senD aDDress changes to national geographic, po BoX 62130, taMpa, fl 33662. in canaDa, agreeMent nuMBer 40063649, return unDeliveraBle aDDresses to national geographic, po BoX 4412 stn. a, toronto, ontario M5W 3W2. uniteD kingDoM neWsstanD price £4.99 . repr. en france: eMD france sa, Bp 1029, 59011 lille ceDeX; tel. 320.300.302; cppap 0715u89037; Directeur puBlication: D. tassinari Dir. resp. italY; rapp iMD srl, via g. Da velate 11, 20162 Milano; aut. triB . Mi 258 26/5/84 poste italiane spa; speD. aBB . post. Dl 353/2003 (conv l.27/02/2004 n.46) art 1 c. 1 DcB Milano staMpa QuaD/graphics, MartinsBurg, Wv 25401. MeMBers: if the postal service alerts us that Your Magazine is unDeliveraBle, We have no further oBligation unless We receive a correcteD aDDress Within tWo Years.