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  • The last resort in a modern airliner cockpit if all computer navigation units fail. It's the manual, old-as-the-hills compass mounted at the top of the cockpit windows to be used in so-called "dead reckoning" navigation (flying by the "seat of your pants" and following your course by reference to the manual compass). Filled with alcohol, hence the "whiskey" moniker.

    Interesting aside: the DC-9 manual compass is mounted in a cubbyhole up behind the pilots in such a way that it has to be read by a fold-down mirror.

    February 8, 2007

  • Wow. That *is* an interesting aside.

    February 8, 2007