"Flying the Beam"

“Flying the beam” in the 1930s and 1940s meant using radio range stations to navigate. Pilots hoped to hear a steady tone on the radio that meant they were on course. If they drifted off course to either side, they would hear different sounds—a Morse code “A” or “N”.

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“Flying the beam” in the 1930s and 1940s meant using radio range stations to navigate.
Type: Illustration
Image Date: 2012
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Creator: Bruce Morser
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“Flying the beam” in the 1930s and 1940s meant using radio range stations to navigate.