Major Robert E. Whiting

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: The basic problem of the air navigator is computing the aircraft’s flight path, with respect to the ground and the speed with which it progresses. In today’s high-speed, high-altitude aircraft visual contact with the ground is often lost and when available is of limited value to the navigator. Until very recently to obtain a wind with our high speed bombing-navigation systems it has required the operator to place his electronic crosshairs on a small well defined return, start his wind determination or memory point run, wait a specified period of time, then return the crosshairs as near as possible to the exact point on which the run was started. Due to operator error in replacing the crosshairs on the exact starting point, and to target distortion as the radar range decreased, the wind determined was not usually as accurate as desired on the first try.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 3
Pages: 138 - 146
Cite this article: Whiting, Major Robert E., "THE USE OF DOPPLER BY THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 3, 1958, pp. 138-146.
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