Found this on the inter webs and thought it was quite interesting! Many people seem to have the propensity for wishing things were normal or fit inside the box of how they think things should go or how people should be. What is your own concept of normal and do you believe that deviating from what’s normal can be a good thing?
“Back in 1926, when the army was designing its first-ever cockpit, engineers had measured the physical dimensions of hundreds of male pilots (the possibility of female pilots was never a serious consideration), and used this data to standardize the dimensions of the cockpit. For the next three decades, the size and shape of the seat, the distance to the pedals and stick, the height of the windshield, even the shape of the flight helmets were all built to conform to the average dimensions of a 1926 pilot.
There were some significant problems with pilots losing control of their aircraft, however. So they commissioned a study to see what the new “average” of their pilots are and what they should design for. What they found, however, is that not a single one of the pilots measured fit within a very generous definition of “average.”