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  •  I never realized (3+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, ColoTim, PeterHug

    That LORAN-C had that kind of range.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 07:35:13 PM PDT

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    •  Atlantic coverage (0+ / 0-)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      granted a Skywave fix might only give a best case fix of 2 NM and be subject to disruption from solar flares,  
      you had pretty good 1/4 mile fix accuracy as you got with LOS of the stations,  which is about 200 miles.

      now you probably couldn't chart a fix using the tables, maps and time data flying at 0.9 mach,  but with an automatic
      Loran station, it was probably fast enough to crank out
      a decent fix, especially with a magentic heading input and
      air speed input.

      you may want to talk to some of the old timers and discuss
      LORAN for aircraft and boating, and update your article.

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