Well that would be cool at least. It would feel so much more realistic to me if I could have the burn data "read up" to me, rather than calculate it myself on the IMFD. I have a friend who is more of the engineer type and he would probably get the most thrill out of being "mission control", so that would be perfect.
On the panel question, I answered my own question by reading the documentation. Certain panels were only introduced after Apollo 15.
I am hoping, however, that sync the three instances of Orbiter can happen in the future somwhere, because it would be amazing I think to have four people, on a network or the Internet, connect and fly a mission together.