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    Air Navigators
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2007 May 13, 08:34 -0400
    Greeting fellow navigators
     
    I just finished reading a book about Canadian air navigators entitled: "Nadir to Zenith, An Almanac of Stories By Canadian Military Navigators" by Bill Hockney and Moe Gates, both retired RCAF navigators. This is not exactly breaking news as the book was published in 2002. That it took me so long to get around to reading it is mostly due to having kids running around the place.
     
    The book is a collection of stories by former RCAF navigators and covers the period from WWII to present day. There are lots of stories about WWII bombing missions, the Korean Air Lift and pioneering flights in the Arctic, including a fascinating story about a United States Navy-led arctic expedition in a "lighter than air" ship and narrated by one of Canada's foremost experts on arctic air navigation: B.Gen (Ret'd) Keith R. Greenaway. Admittedly, some of the stories are a little flat but this is more than made up for by other storytellers who clearly have a talent as engaging raconteurs.
     
    Anyone who longs to re-live the old days where astro navigation reigned supreme, even in the high tech world of aviation, will thoroughly enjoy this book. And you do not have to be a Canadian to appreciate it. There are plenty of British and American connections to keep our close cousins amply engaged.
     
    I am about to embark on Nadir to Zenith Volume II and while I cannot comment on the book as yet, if it is anything like the first volume, it should be a good read.
     
    The book can be purchased from CANAV Books, an outfit owned by one of the gurus of Canadian aviation history, Larry Milberry.
     
    http://www.canavbooks.com/
     
    Robert
     

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