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    A Sextant and a Vickers Vimy
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2005 Jun 8, 00:45 EDT

    Steve Fossett and Mark Rebholz will be flying  across the Atlantic from
    Newfoundland to Ireland sometime in the next few weeks  in a replica of a 1919
    Vickers Vimy, duplicating the flight of Alcock and Brown  in that year which was
    the first non-stop tansatlantic flight.
    Although  they will have the benefit of the best modern meteorological
    information,  Fossett and Rebholz plan to navigate with a sextant. From the May 30
    issue of  "Aviation Week & Space Technology":
    "  But Rebholz will be faithful  to Alcock and Brown's navigational pedigree,
    relying on a compass, watch,  nautical sextant with a bubble horizon (because
    the horizon won't always be  visible) and a drift indicator.
    'I want to focus attention on the  achievement of Brown as a pioneer of
    aerial navigation,' he says. 'Anybody can  go buy a GPS from Radio Shack. That's no
    challenge.' "
    "   Still, a camera will record their progress on National Geographic's web
    site,  which prompts Vimy owner Peter McMillan to joke, 'Ironically, everyone
    in the  world will know exactly where they are even if they don't.' "
    The Vickers  Vimy is a First World War era British biplane which was designed
    as a bomber  though it apparently saw little action. Instead it made its fame
    in various  long-distance flights in the early history of aviation. This is
    the same Vimy  replica that flew from London to Adelaide in 1994.
    42.0N 87.7W,  or 41.4N 72.1W.

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