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    Re: History of The Air Almanac
    From: Jeremy C
    Date: 2010 Nov 23, 07:46 EST
    I suspect that they will still be printed, but like nautical charts, only available through official channels and private vendors.  The reason for this is the USN will probably never go 100% digital due to vulnerability during war.
     
    My ship, on the official navy distribution list, still gets the GPO version of the NA (orange hardcover) as well as new editions of paper charts.  Most private vessels are moving to BA charts, and commercial editions (thanks Ken!) of the NA.
     
    Jeremy
     
    In a message dated 11/18/2010 8:54:36 A.M. Central Asia Standard Tim, FrankReed{at}HistoricalAtlas.com writes:

    Andres,

    Many of the features that made the Air Almanac so good in the 1940s were incorporated into the combined American/British "Nautical Almanac" (almost exactly identical to the modern Nautical Almanac) when it was released in 1958. The publications retained their separate names, "American Nautical Almanac" and "Abridged Nautical Almanac" (British) in 1958 and 1959, but they were identical in content. The name was changed to "THE Nautical Almanac" in 1960, fifty years ago. Personally, I highly doubt that this official publication will still be printed even ten years from now, let alone in another fifty. However the cost of creating a digital version is very close to zero, so it will probably continue in that way and perhaps printed for hobbyists for many years to come. I also suspect that it will split into numerous variants satisfying various small markets among navigators and navigation enthusiasts. Even lunar distance tables might make a comeback for some customers.

    One feature found in some old air almanacs which I would like to see restored to modern almanacs (amateur or commercial) is the simple ecliptic diagram along the margin of the page quickly showing the elongations of the navigational planets from the Sun and the bright stars that they are near.

    -FER

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