"Hot Rock" Cartoon - No Respect for the Navigator

"From a good pilot all I expected was a good truck driver. I wanted him to shut up, drive the plane, and stay out of things as the navigator and the bombardier took care of the mission." As Crosby entered combat, he quickly gained experience and confidence. Navigators commonly felt that pilots and commanders did not fully appreciate their efforts. Their job was complex and not readily understood by others. It seemed to them that their importance was not valued until something went wrong. “Hot rock” was period slang for “hotshot.”

Caption:
Navigators commonly felt that pilots and commanders did not fully appreciate their efforts. Their job was complex and not readily understood by others. “Hot rock” was period slang for “hotshot.”
Type: Illustration
Image Date: December 1, 1944
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Origin: Log of Navigation
Creator: Robert D. Schoenke
 
Navigators commonly felt that pilots and commanders did not fully appreciate their efforts. Their job was complex and not readily understood by others. “Hot rock” was period slang for “hotshot.”