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    Re: Sextant boxes.
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2008 Nov 15, 17:03 -0500
    I have a few old WWII sextants. The cases are made out of a material called "bakelite" which was invented in the 1920's. Other cases, such as the one my A-10 come in, are made of wood, while others, like my periscopic sextant, appear to be made out of fibreglass. I have never actually encountered an aluminum case.
    How much use did sextants have in the air?  Quite extensive from what I have read and learned from talking to WWII air navigators, however, this question is best answered by some of the retired airmen who are on this list.
    ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2008 3:31 PM
    Subject: [NavList 6559] Sextant boxes.

    Dear Listers,
    I have two questions that I am hoping someone might be able to answer.
    I understand mariners' sextants  were sometimes carried in aeroplanes in addition to octants, in the early days of aerial navigation.
    1. Were their boxes modified ie made of aluminium perhaps ?
    2. How much use were sextants in the air?
    Jackie Ferrari
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