PRECISION CELESTIAL NAVIGATION IN HIGH-SPEED, HIGH-ALTITUDE AIRCRAFT

Major Harold F. Korger

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: Although celestial navigational aids have been utilized to some extent in aircraft for several decades, it is only within the past few years that the realization of reliable and precise celestial navigation has become a distinct possibility. During the past several years I have developed a precision method of practical celestial navigation that I believe to be unique. Fortunately, I have had an ideal opportunity to test and prove my theories in actual in-flight situations. Scored results have been more than encouraging, inasmuch as our 93d Bomb Wing crews have compiled the best overall celestial navigational record throughout the past four years of any organization in the annual Strategic Air Command’s competition. The top honors our B-52 crews captured in the 1956 event, for instance, marked the first time in the competition history that a new aircraft won a major trophy in its initial appearance. This paper will be confined to those ideas and techniques developed through use of present equipment, of which I have personal knowledge and experience, and which are based upon valid and practically tested results under monitored conditions.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 5, Number 6
Pages: 311 - 322
Cite this article: Korger, Major Harold F., "PRECISION CELESTIAL NAVIGATION IN HIGH-SPEED, HIGH-ALTITUDE AIRCRAFT", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 5, No. 6, 1957, pp. 311-322.
Full Paper: ION Members/Non-Members: 1 Download Credit
Sign In