A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Ronald P Barrett
Date: 2011 May 1, 13:23 -0700
|Larry, These are two WWII sextants and were used by mostly the Army Air Corps navigators on any and all planes that had a reason to have a navigator with the exception being the fighters and small Observer & Recci planes. |
So you could say they were first flown in the trainers like the AT-7s and AT-11s of WWII,,, then by all the WWII cargo planes like C-46, C-47, C-54, C-87 etc, etc.
All bombers had navs if not nav/bombardiers like B-17, B-18, B-24, B-25, B-29, B-32, etc, etc.
The A8-A was an early on sextant with no averager, and the 5854, had an averager and sky hook from which to hang the sextant from the center of a hook in the blister. The A8 could not be hung. The A8 was freely held (tough to shoot with).
Ron Barrett, www.afnoa.org and www.usaf-nav-history.com , Air Force Navigators Observers Association (AFNOA) Historian
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