The “How Does a 747 Pilot Work?” Edition
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In this special, one-off episode of Working, Slate editor-in-chief Julia Turner speaks with British Airways pilot Mark Vanhoenacker. From the cockpit of a 747 and then the terminal of JFK airport, Vanhoenacker describes what it’s like to fly a large aircraft in the modern world. Vanhoenacker is also a Slate contributor and the author of the recent Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot, from which Slate is running excerpts this week. He’s also asking readers to submit pictures taken from the window seats of planes. You can submit a picture and view other submissions at the book’s online home. For our Slate Plus listeners, Vanhoenacker talks about the history of the 747, what it’s like to be like Beyonce in the airport, and the cast of characters he meets in flight. Join today and enjoy a free two-week trail at