Prone position pilot bed from 1949 by U.S. Air Force’s Air Laboratory

This “innovative” attempt at reducing fatigue on long flights was the future of flight back in 1949. The design was meant to help air force pilots withstand the stress of a strong gravitational pull which would minimize blackouts. The caption of the photograph reads: ‘United States Air Force pilots are finding it much safer and more comfortable to lie down while handling the controls of a plane’. Well, there you have it: the future of flight.