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Huxley_S
05-26-2004, 04:15 PM
Some planes like the P39 have a compass with a waypoint indicator on it which changes to show you the way to the next waypoint. Very handy indeed!

How did this work in real life? Is it pre-programmed with this information or is it receiving this information via a radio signal or what?

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Huxley_S
05-26-2004, 04:15 PM
Some planes like the P39 have a compass with a waypoint indicator on it which changes to show you the way to the next waypoint. Very handy indeed!

How did this work in real life? Is it pre-programmed with this information or is it receiving this information via a radio signal or what?

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pik_as
05-26-2004, 05:36 PM
Yeah, I've thought about that. I think the automatic waypoint indication is bogus from a real-life point of view. What you would probably do is turn the small knob below the compass to set your intended heading, and then keep the needle aligned while flying. Homing beacons were used with radio waves, not magnetic compasses anyway. Wouldn't you agree?

FourShades
05-26-2004, 07:21 PM
I don't think it is bogus. The Germans had a network of radio beacons that their automatic direction finder compasses (radio compasses) worked with. In the early war, the Russians didn't have this. That's why you have to admire the Russian airmen taking off in bad weather in underpowered aircraft to fight the Germans. If they didn't get shot down, they might well get lost and crash anyway.