POLAR AIRLINE NAVIGATION

Einar Sverre Pedersen

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Abstract: Navigators have for more than 400 years been aware of the fact that the shortest route from northern Europe to the Far East runs across the Arctic. But the seafarers never succeeded in finding a practical sea-route. The introduction of airplanes on the traderoutes,however, opened quite different possibilities. It now became obvious that great savings in flying time could be accomplished by flying the trans-arctic routes from Europe to the west coast of America and the Far East. Thus, it fell to the air navigators of the twentieth century to help establish the Northwest Passage as a practical trade-route. Today the trans-arctic airliners throw their shadows on the icy water where Henry Hudson perished during his search for the Northwest Passage, and the trans-polar charter planes fly over the Pole of Inaccessibility on their way to Japan.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 4, Number 7
Pages: 270 - 274
Cite this article: Pedersen, Einar Sverre, "POLAR AIRLINE NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 4, No. 7, 1955, pp. 270-274.
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