Dead Reckoning Computers for Air Navigation: History -- design -- inventors

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BoD – Books on Demand, 16.06.2021 - 338 Seiten
This book tells the fascinating story of air navigation. In the beginning, pilots found their way by comparing the landscape below with the map. Railroads became their 'iron compass'. Above the clouds, the pilot had to make proper corrections of his heading for the deflection by the wind. This was the hour of birth for mechanical instruments for solving the wind problem. Soon these instruments were complemented with a set of scales to calculate flight time, fuel consumption, corrected instrument readings, and many more. The description of these instruments and their principles is embedded in a narrative of their historical context and their ingenious inventors. Collectors of these instruments will find detailed descriptions of models and makers.
 

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Introduction
1
The wind problem in air navigation
7
Air navigation in World War I and beyond
23
Computers for Commercial Airlines
203
234
253
Epilogue
297
303
318
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Über den Autor (2021)

Alexander Piel is full professor (ret.) of atomic and plasma physics at Kiel University. He is an avid collector of slide rules and mechanical calculators.

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