An overhead panel that was once hard to imagine in a Soviet aircraft. Like all modern layouts, this one also follows the so-called “dark cockpit” concept, in which normal system operation is indicated by the ABSENCE of any switchlight illumination. While this makes the cockpit duller from a photographer’s perspective, it reaps huge benefits in actual operations, since the crew can now quickly scan the panel for any issues without having to verify the status of each group of switches – if nothing is illuminated, you’re good to go!

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