Navigation History Reveals A Highly Human Touch
Here's How A Subspecialty Developed To Guide Aircraft
July 1, 2021
Once there were navigators. Not a touchscreen gizmo made by Garmin or the weirdly mutated creatures that got hyped up on drugs to guide the Spacing Guild ships in Frank Hebert's novel "Dune."
Actual human beings once practiced their art using "dead reckoning" and celestial navigation. In the 1930s a subspecialty evolved to guide aircraft over the earth.
Charles Lindbergh found his way across the Atlantic using the compass and clock technique very much like that taught to beginning flying students. No check points, though. He did well and crossed the Irish coast about 3 miles from where he...