A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David Pike
Date: 2017 Aug 14, 23:47 -0700
gl wrote: Here is the photo of the Kollsman periscopic sextant mount in one version of the Boeing 707. This particular airplane carried President Reagan all around the world. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the current presidental planes had these mounts. Can't be jammed like GPS and passive, no electronic emissions to attract attention.
A presidential jet flying at the tropopause with a spare crew member might be one of the few places that 1970s style celestial would be worth pursuing as a loss of GNSS solution, because celestial would be available almost all the time. However it would be a brave crew that descended towards high ground trusting only to a celestial fix. It would get you to the correct country though. There being no charge inside a hollow conductor, an existing sextant mount would have been a useful place to stick up an aerial for an early GPS set as was done in the RAF Dominies. Moreover, it would be a great place to stick up the Stars and Stripes after landing. DaveP