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Today is the Day of the navigational service of the Air Force of Russia

Today is the Day of the navigational service of the Air Force of RussiaShturmansky in Russia began to teach more than 300 years ago in the Navigation School.

24 March In 2000, the Day of the navigator of the Air Force of Russia appeared in our holiday calendar.

On this day in 1916, the Chief of Staff of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, General Mikhail Alekseev, signed an order on the creation of the Central Air Navigation Station (CANS). During the First World War, the structure of the military rapidly developed. aviationAs a result, special services appeared: meteorological, aeronautical, aerophotogrammetric, radio telegraph and engineering.

At the same time, the central aeronautical station was created. At that time, there were no precision instruments that helped the pilots pave the route while in flight. Therefore, the duties of the navigator-avianavigator included orientation in the air for terrestrial objects. He compared the map with the terrain, identified the landmarks, and then pointed the pilot to the direction of the further flight.

The navigator also had to take into account the data of weather reports when organizing flights, monitor the health of the navigation equipment of airplanes and airfields, and, if necessary, repair it.

Since then, the technical equipment of the aircraft has changed a lot. Nevertheless, the role of the navigator service is still high, especially in military aviation. If civil aircraft with the development of technology are increasingly abandoning the navigator in the crew, then in the Air Force, not one of the most sophisticated devices will be able to replace it. In a combat situation, navigation devices can fail, and an experienced navigator can pave the route without them.

However, in the distant past of Peter the Great, they did not even think that after two centuries, specialists who knew navigation would ply not only water, but also airy spaces. We can say that Russian navigators have four holidays.

Another official - Naval Navigator Day fleet. It is celebrated on January 25 in honor of the opening in 1701 by decree of Peter I School of Mathematical and Navigation Sciences in Moscow.

According to, in addition, the navigators of the Northern Hemisphere have two more informal holidays. These are the days of the spring and autumn equinox. It is at this time that the directions of the world can be determined accurately and without tools, since the sun rises strictly in the east at any point of the hemisphere and sets in the west, respectively. On this day, astronomical calculations are simplified, which facilitates the work of the navigator.
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  1. svp67
    svp67 24 March 2014 09: 20
    Air Force navigators - with a HOLIDAY ... and that the packs of "Belomor" would never come in handy ... repeat
  2. polite people
    polite people 24 March 2014 09: 20
    With a smile about navigators

    Pilot Navigator:
    - Navigator, instrument?
    - 80.
    - What is 80?
    - What is the device?

    A little girl approaches a plane, where a pilot with a navigator is sitting in an open cockpit, and asks:
    - Uncles, uncles, and you are pilots?
    Pilot Navigator:
    “Hey navigator, are we pilots?”
    - Pilots.
    - Yes, girl, we are pilots.
    - Uncles pilots, but how many will be twice two?
    “Hey navigator, how many will be two and two?” The navigator, counting something on the navigator’s line, answers: five.
    - Listen, girl, five it will be.
    - Like five, and the teacher told us that four.
    - Navigator, what are you, the teacher told her that four!
    “Well then, I'm adjusted for the wind.”

    Commander: Navigator, course!
    Navigator: 270!
    Commander: Don't be smart. Where to turn? Left or right?
    1. svp67
      svp67 24 March 2014 09: 30
      To this topic...
      The pilot - to the navigator, immediately after takeoff: "Did you take the cards?"
      Navigator: "Yes, two decks", taking out one of them from the tablet ...
      Pilot: "Well, you ... an asshole! Again, you will have to fly along the Belomor pack ..."
  3. Lissyara
    Lissyara 24 March 2014 09: 22
    - Who is the pilot? - The personal driver of the navigator!
    Happy holiday, men!
  4. polite people
    polite people 24 March 2014 09: 25
    The navigator was written off from flight work. I went to my wife's homeland, to the village. The wife asks the chairman of the collective farm to take her husband to work, the chairman and asks the navigator: - "What do you know how to do. - I read maps, I lay routes, I think well. - We have only playing cards, there is only one route to the regional center, but an accountant is needed. You see a herd of cows. in the field, count. " The navigator looked at the herd, took out an NL-10, joked around and said: "-54." Checked, everything is correct. "-And there is a large herd of cows on the horizon, how many?" The navigator looked at the herd, took the NL-10, joked around and said: "-327." Checked, everything is correct again. The collective farmers have had a snack, they have driven all their cows, count, they say. The navigator looked, took the NL-10, joked about the tudy-syudy and said: "-1243". We rechecked for two days, got lost three times, but everything turned out to be correct. Chairman: "-I'm taking you to work, but tell me how you do it? -Yes, nothing complicated, I count the number of nipples, divide by four and take a correction for eggs ..."
  5. konvalval
    konvalval 24 March 2014 09: 28
    Congratulations to the navigators on the holiday! The navigator is the guiding star of the pilot.
  6. Coffee_time
    Coffee_time 24 March 2014 09: 31
    Happy holiday !!! All the best and health more!
  7. ia-ai00
    ia-ai00 24 March 2014 09: 38
    Happy holiday YOU, STURMANS !!!
    I envy ... - WHITE envy!
    1. Commandor
      Commandor 24 March 2014 09: 54
      Why should we envy that? wink
      1. ia-ai00
        ia-ai00 24 March 2014 10: 38
        Here from this:
        "... why am I not a falcon, why am I not flying ..."
        And YOU - fly ...
        Good luck to you all!
  8. Sashka_Gusar
    Sashka_Gusar 24 March 2014 09: 39
  9. Russ69
    Russ69 24 March 2014 09: 41
    HAPPY !!! drinks
  10. Queenfox
    Queenfox 24 March 2014 09: 51
    HAPPY !!! wink
  11. Narkom
    Narkom 24 March 2014 10: 00
    Happy Holiday !!!
  12. pensioner
    pensioner 24 March 2014 11: 31
    I heartily congratulate all representatives of this respected profession. Repeatedly in life met with former navigators. One of them, still a kid, taught me to multiply and divide on a slide rule in the early 70's. I remember: there was no limit to the admiration for this instrument !! Until the first calculator ...
    And nowadays almost all the boys have read Akkuratov's books and his articles in "TM".
  13. Leshka
    Leshka 24 March 2014 12: 37
    happy holiday cheers cheers drinks
  14. gunter_laux
    gunter_laux 24 March 2014 13: 02
    Nice, bright holiday! Congratulations to all navigators of the Air Force, and especially BTA !!! Friends for you! drinks
  15. askort154
    askort154 24 March 2014 13: 19
    Happy holiday YOU, gentlemen "fornicators"! Eternal calm to you! And, of course, HEALTH!
    Raise a glass for YOU!

    Regards, Your father SUSANIN.
  16. Student
    Student 24 March 2014 16: 06
    Congratulations on your professional holiday !!!
  17. pensioner
    pensioner 24 March 2014 18: 08
    A few jokes about navigators:
    - Are you a navigator?
    - The navigator.
    - Explain, please, what kind of expression you have: "drift angle"?
    - We don’t have such an expression.
    - How not ?!
    - There is an expression "a gold piece from the nose."

    Far east flight. The third hour of flight. Early morning. The Sun is rising. The whole crew is half asleep. A flight along the border with China.
    Suddenly on intercom:
    - Commander, 5 degrees to the right.
    He tucks.
    And here again:
    - Another 5 to the right.
    The commander finally cheered up and remembering that the border was near:
    - Navigator, what course?
    In headphones:
    - And what?
    - Course, I ask which one?
    - What, what, the former!
    - And what did they tuck?
    - I didn’t say to tuck!
    - Well, how about 5, then another 5.
    - Yes, I did not say!
    - And who said?
    - I.
    - Who am I?
    - Radio operator.
    The commander turns around and looks at the radio operator, who has completely relaxed spread over his chair.
    “Well, why?”
    - Yes, the sun was right in the eye. Now great! ..

    Well, one more thing: The pilot and navigator after the plane crash were at sea on a life raft. Pilot to navigator: "So the moss grows on the north side of the trees? Hmm .. Is that exactly what you remember from the instrumentless orientation course?"
  18. Red Army of the USSR
    Red Army of the USSR 24 March 2014 18: 31
    On holiday, you guys, without you, we will not see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  19. cognitive
    cognitive 24 March 2014 19: 12
    Congratulations!!! Native Chelyabinsk Navigator !!! To all navigators, so that x .. stood and the screw spun !!! Those who fly now I wish that the number of take-offs coincided with the number of landings !!!