I'm reading the BBC's How Fiji changed the way we travel; The little Pacific island nation was the first to incorporate GPS into its aviation system – and in doing so forever changed the way we get from Point A to distant Point B. and saw this photo of a spacious navigator's station with a large, elegantly designed desk, bay windows, and a small set of instruments.
What aircraft and timeframe was this? Does the photo portray a commercial flight?
bonus points: Were flare guns routinely stored out in the open like that at the time?
Until the late 20th Century, flight crews often included a flight navigator whose job it was to keep the plane on course (Credit: Museum of Flight Foundation/Getty Images)