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A cockpit or flight deck is the area, usually near the front of an aircraft, from which a pilot controls the aircraft. Most modern cockpits are enclosed, except on some small aircraft, and cockpits on large airliners are also physically separated from the cabin. From the cockpit an aircraft is controlled on the ground and in the air.
The term described the sailing term for the coxswain’s station in a Royal Navy ship, and later the location of the ship’s rudder controls. Cockpit appeared in the English language in the 1580s, “a pit for fighting cocks,” from cock + pit. Used in nautical sense (1706) for midshipmen’s compartment below decks; transferred to airplanes (1914) and to cars (1930s). From about 1935 cockpit came to be used informally to refer to the driver’s seat of a car, especially a high performance one, and this is official terminology in Formula One.
The cockpit of an aircraft contains flight instruments on an instrument panel, and the controls which enable the pilot to…

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