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    Re: Finding Howland Island
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2009 Dec 2, 01:04 -0800

    I am uploading a section from the Navigation Information File from 1944 and a 
    section from AFM 51-40, 1951 edition. Although all the fight navigation texts 
    explain the landfall procedure, the 1951 edition of AFM 51-40 has the most 
    complete explanation. There continued to be a condensed explanation in the 
    1983 edition of this manual. It is no longer mentioned in the 2001 Air Force 
    Navigation manual, AFPAM 11-216. 
    
    This technique was taught to thousands of navigators and used countless times 
    to find islands in the pacific during WW2. The landfall procedure was 
    sufficiently accurate to allow finding an island without the assistance of a 
    radio bearing. Note there are no warnings to the effect that "the landfall 
    procedure will only get you close but you can't actually find an island 
    without radio."
    
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