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    Re: A-10 Sextant Manual
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2009 Jun 11, 06:50 +0100

    I think the "recklessness" to which Douglas referred was not the
    navigational procedure, but setting out on a long ocean voyage in a
    single engined plane of doubtful reliability. Had the engine decided
    that it had had enough and now was a good time to die, Chichester
    would almost certainly have followed soon after.
    But then, if it had been considered a sane thing to do, somebody
    would have done it already. When somebody does something for the
    first time, it is very rarely because the technology has not been
    available to do it before. It is usually because he or she is willing
    to give credence to some venture that anyone else in their right
    minds would not contemplate! Such rare individuals are very driven
    and either become heros, or die in attempt. Sometimes they manage
    both at the same time.
    Geoffrey Kolbe
    in NavList 8612 Gary wrote:
    >Well, I don't know that you can call it "reckless" since Chichester's
    >deliberate offset navigation procedure became the standard navigation
    >method for finding islands and was taught to thousands of navy and air
    >corps navigators during the second world war. It was actually a just a
    >modern implementation of the centuries old method of latitude sailing,
    >approaching to one side of a destination, east or west, and then
    >following the latitude LOP to the destination.
    >See the texts I have posted on my website at :
    >Go to "List of topics" then to "Single LOP landfall procedure."
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