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    Re: What Aircraft
    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.
    AND....
    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

    --- On Sun, 5/1/11, Larry Smith <larryiah@yahoo.com> wrote:

    From: Larry Smith <larryiah@yahoo.com>
    Subject: [NavList] What Aircraft
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Date: Sunday, May 1, 2011, 5:00 AM

    Hello All,

    I own a B&L A8-A, and a AN-5854-1 sextant. Can anyone tell me what type of aircraft these two sextants were used on?

    Larry
    Richardson, TX
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