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    Re: Early methods of air navigation
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2014 Nov 22, 08:07 +0000
    I suggest you get a copy of "The History of Air Navigation" by A J Hughes. It was written just post-war and has a lot of detail on air navigation in the dawn of air flight 

    Dr Geoffrey Kolbe, Riccarton Farm, Newcastleton, Scotland, TD9 0SN
    Tel: 013873 76715

    On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM, Fred Hebard <NoReply_Hebard@fer3.com> wrote:

    The discussion of the Brown-Nassau CN Plotter brought to mind the following question. What methods did the early pioneers of trans-Atlantic flight use for navigation, such as Alcock and Brown?  Brown was the navigator on that flight.  They made landfall near their intended destination.  Running down a line of latitude would be a clear choice, but how measure the latitude?  They flew at low elevations, so perhaps using the actual horizon?  Dip scales as the square root of elevation.  The error for being 50 feet off in elevation is less than two minutes of arc at 200 feet.  In contrast, Admiral Coutinho installed levels on his Plath in 1919.  Had the British?  Then there is RDF, which was available in the U.S. by the Point Honda disaster.
    Those are some guesses.  What does the documentary evidence say?
    Fred Hebard

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