In May 1928, Navy Lieutenant Commander Philip V.H. Weems took Charles Lindbergh on a series of flights to teach him a new way to navigate. Clockwise from left: Lindbergh’s sun lines of position, plotted from Washington, D.C., to New York to Michigan; Weems’ personal log; the bubble sextant used in Lindbergh’s training; an article in Popular Science that documented the lessons; and Weems’ book on line of position. (Photo by Hugh Talman, Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

Even Lindbergh Got Lost

In the 1920s, only one man held the key to aerial navigation.

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Roger Connor is co-curating the National Air and Space Museum’s Time and Navigation exhibit.

About Roger Connor

Roger Connor is a curator in the Aeronautics department at the National Air and Space Museum.

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