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    Re: CN Aspects of Chichester's Tasman Crossing
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2015 Nov 21, 14:44 +0000


    On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 4:35 PM, Brian Walton <NoReply_Walton@fer3.com> wrote:

    Sextant.

    Chichester tried a bubble sextant in his Moth, possibly a Booth, and rejected it.  He wrote during WWII that he used a "marine box sextant" but that normally means a small metal canister used by explorers or in lifeboats.  I expect he used a conventional marine sextant stowed in a box on the front seat of his Moth, reached through a hole in the seat-back. 


    ​I do not understand your reluctance to accept that Chichester used a box sextant. In his book, "History of Air Navigation"​
     
    ​(1946) Hughes states that Chichester used a "marine type box sextant". Surely this is plain enough....? What is wrong with a box sextant?

    Geoffrey Kolbe​
       
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