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    Re: A Sextant and a Vickers Vimy
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2005 Jun 8, 07:18 -0400

    Do we know what model of sextant they will be using?
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Frank Reed" 
    Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2005 12:45 AM
    Subject: A Sextant and a Vickers Vimy
    > 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.' "
    > And:
    > "   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.
    > -FER
    > 42.0N 87.7W,  or 41.4N 72.1W.
    > www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars

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