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    Re: Celestial Navigation on U.S. Air Force Aircraft
    From: Robert S. Peterson
    Date: 1999 Jun 11, 5:28 PM

    Glenn - My research as of two years ago:  Yes, the refueling tankers are
    required to use and practice CelNav on each flight.  This from the Refueling
    Wing out of O'hare Airport, Chicago.  They use a periscope bubble sextant
    and the Air Tables (HO249) and do it all by long hand even in the days of
    calculators and nav computers.  I understand the reasoning is as the
    ultimate backup to "Alfred E. Neumann" navigation (ie GPS).  If a war were
    to break out the first thing to go will be the sat nav and there better be a
    reliable alternative.  And the flying gas stations are the most important
    with the best navigators.  If the tankers are not in the correct position
    then other planes (fighters, bombers, transports, etc) start falling out of
    the sky.  Not good.  These guys ARE good.
    Bob Peterson
    ps: glad to pass along my contacts if interested.
    At 07:13 6/11/99 -0400, you wrote:
    >Does anyone know how many U.S. Air Force aircraft still use celestial
    >navigation?  I need this information for my graduate research project.
    >Thank You.
    >Glenn Moore
    Robert S. Peterson
    Great Lakes Compass
    31 N Alfred, Elgin IL  60123  USA
    Compass Adjusting & Repair for Lake Michigan Navigators Since 1985
    Navigation classes at the Adler Planetarium
    e-mail: rpeterson@kiwi.dep.anl.gov

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