NAVIGATIONAL ASPECTS OF THE JET STREAM

Captain Lloyd E. Jacobs

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Abstract: Discovery and recognition of the jet stream constitutes one of the most significant recent developments in the science of meteorology. Its impact upon high altitude aerial navigation has likewise been great. Since World War II there have been numerous instances of spectacular record breaking west-east flights. Commercial airlines and military transport services have effected important economies of operation by riding the jet stream on west-east flights and avoiding it on east-west flights. The navigational problems associated with the jet stream are practical and can be simply stated: 1. Will there be a jet stream? 2. Where will it be? 3. How strong will it be? 4. Will it be a head wind or a tail wind? 5. How can it be identified? a. In flight? b. Pre flight? 6. How can one get into it. 7. How can one get out of it?
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 4, Number 6
Pages: 242 - 249
Cite this article: Jacobs, Captain Lloyd E., "NAVIGATIONAL ASPECTS OF THE JET STREAM", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 4, No. 6, 1955, pp. 242-249.
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