Back Bearings
A Navigator's Tale 1942 to 1974
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Aviation Book Reviews: Back Bearings






Eric Cropper’s RAF career started in 1942 and ended in 1974. It covered a period when the navigation of aircraft changed from astro, dead reckoning and drift bearings all plotted by pencil on charts, to press-button radio and satellite information that can instantly pinpoint a position anywhere on the planet to within 5 metres. The then vital skills of a good navigator are now mostly redundant. Ships, aircraft, trucks and cars seldom use maps let alone carry a navigator.

This autobiography by one of the RAF’s top exponents of both the ancient and modern forms of the art explains in considerable detail how this rapid and revolutionary improvement occurred in the air.

This is a fascinating memoir of one of the RAF’s senior navigational experts that explains both service life and the revolution in navigational techniques that took place during his service career.

Link:
Many thanks to Pen & Sword Aviation Books for the review copy; www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
Rating:
An excellent and well written book on the life and times of an RAF Navigator, first with the wartime Lancasters of No. 103 Squadron at Elsham Wolds and after the war in a variety of senior postings. Fascinating detail and descriptions of the day-to-day life of a Navigator in the RAF.
Recommended!
Back Bearings - A Navigator's Tale 1942 to 1974 - Pen & Sword books
 
 
 
Back Bearings - Book format and details:
Title:
Back Bearings - A Navigator's Tale 1942 to 1974
Author:
Group Captain Eric Cropper
ISBN:
9781848841512
Format:
240 x 165mm, 378 pages including 32 pages of black and white photos
Publ. date:
March 2010
Back Bearings - A Navigator's Tale 1942 to 1974 - Pen & Sword books
Aviation Book Reviews at www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman March 2010
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