RECENT DEVELOPMENT IN POLAR NAVIGATION

Lieutenant Command Alton B. Moody, U.S.N.R.

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Abstract: When Admiral Byrd flew over the North Pole in 1926, polar navigation in the air was an uncertain process. Quite naturally, Byrd employed familiar lower-latitude methods with little modification. During the 20 years following this first attainment of the pole by air there were few flights of aircraft into polar regions, as these were considered too hazardous for regular operations. But the dependable, long range aircraft developed during World War II ushered in a new era in aviation. The possibility of future military operations in these areas became apparent. The probability of routing commercial aircraft along great circles near the poles was discussed. Interest in various commercial activities in the arctic and Antarctic increased. Weather stations were established in the far north to increase coverage and improve forecasts.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 2, Number 3
Pages: 62 - 67
Cite this article: Moody, Lieutenant Command Alton B., U.S.N.R.,, "RECENT DEVELOPMENT IN POLAR NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1949, pp. 62-67.
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