Even Lindbergh Got Lost

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

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

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

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