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Uncommon Knowledge: What does it really mean to “fly by the seat of your pants”?

May 25, 2013

The phrase “fly by the seat of your pants” took off in the early days of aviation. Surprisingly, the first aircrafts were equipped with few navigational tools, which meant that pilots had to rely on their, ahem, tail ends to feel the plane’s reactions to external flying conditions.

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