A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: John D. Howard
Date: 2019 Jan 20, 18:09 -0800
Yes, we all got out of the airplane. We knew it was a once in a lifetime experance. Not much to see though. Fron the air everything was WHITE. Not a large place as I rember.
I did not know much about celnav then. Day time and the Nav climbed up on his stool to look through the sextant a few times. What I do rember was we ( the pilots ) were flying grid - the chart we used was special for the polar region and had grid lines instead of lat and long. The Nav had taken over the HSI ( pilot's compass ) and it did not show the same heading that our wiskey compass did. The approach to the runway was in grid heading.
It was early in my flying career and I was luckly to be on the crew. There were three pilots ( and two navs, if I rember corect ) so we could have a 24 hour crew duty day. I had attended Arctic Survival School which was a requirement to go. Most of my polar flying was up north.