Airienteering with 13MIKE

by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller

AirLeg 18

1) Descend to “1000” feet

“Dr. Samuel P. Langley, in his day, around 1899 or so, was recognized as the country's leading authority on aviation. When the war with Spain developed, President McKinley asked Langley to build a flying machine to use as a weapon of war. Langley agreed, but wanted the project to be kept secret. To launch it, Langley usedhis houseboat on the Potomac River near Quantico, which had a steam catapult on top of it! On October 7, 1903, Langley's assistant, Charles Manly, climbed aboard this aerodrome. The Washington Post wrote:

'Manly looked down and smiled. His face hardened as he braced himself for the flight which might mean for him fame or death. Propellers were whirling a thousand times a minute a foot from his head. A man forward fired two skyrockets. A mechanic stooped and cut the cable holding the catapult; there was a roaring, grinding noise, and the Langley airplane went off into the Potomac River and disappeared.'

Manly was unhurt, but very wet!”

2) When abeam COMPTON airport, press “P” to pause the simulation

Record your:

Heading_________________________________(35 pts)

Altitude__________________________________(30 pts)

DME from LAX VOR________________________(25 pts)

Radial from SLI VOR________________________(20 pts)

Deck of Class B airspace at your location_________(10 pts)

3) Press “P” to continue the simulation

4) Track inbound on the LAX VOR “076” radial

“To see how airport patterns are developed, see that tower symbol at 330feet northeast of runway 25 right's approach end? This is why all landing traffic isto be flown on the south side of the airport. That means right hand traffic patternfor runways 7 left and right, and left hand traffic pattern for runways 25 left and right. This airport does not allow touch and go practice.”

5) What year did the first woman fly nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean?

If your answer is “1928”, go to AirLeg 36

If your answer is “1932”, go to AirLeg 98

If your answer is “1927”, go to AirLeg 109

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