Finding Their Way Home

May 21, 2013 No Comments by

I read Flight Journal from cover to cover and look forward to the each issue. Recently, reading about Naval aviators in WW II, I came back to a thought has plagued me over the years. How in the hell did these guys find their way around over miles of blue ocean … finding way back to the carrier … or searching for a Japanese fleet … or finding a tiny island to attack? I only mention them (the Navy) because I know that flying over land, landmarks are sometimes useful, but still finding their way around, especially in a single-engine plane when pilots had to also be their own navigators, seems like quite a challenge. Possibly an article in there somewhere?
Louis Chandler

Part of the time they had a homing beacon. However, be sure to read “Bad Kitty” in the August 2013 issue where Hellcat ace Lin Lindsey had to guesstimate his way home. —BD


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Budd Davisson is the Editor-in-Chief of Flight Journal. Since 1996, Flight Journal has been the undisputed leader in the field of aviation photojournalism and presented aviation history through the eyes of those who made it.
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