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    Long-range airplane navigation
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2004 Nov 25, 21:33 -0500

    I ran into a B-52 pilot who retired in the 80s or thereabouts. The
    conversation turned to navigation without much difficulty; he also was
    qualified in nav.  He mentioned that they had automated star trackers
    for much of their navigation, but that they still carried a hand-held
    bubble sextant, in case the electronics got shot up.  I wonder if that
    is still the case today.
    
    He also mentioned that they could get fixes to within about a mile.  I
    don't know how they assessed the accuracy.  He said it depended
    strongly upon the sextant operator.
    
    Fred
    
    
    

       
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