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Navigators' Information File (NIF)

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Published: July 1945


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  • San Marcos Army Air Field; San Marcos, Texas, USA (12 items)

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  • Private Collection

Related Items:

  • 000022: Bombardiers' Information File (BIF)
  • 000023: Radar Observers' Bombardment Information File (ROBIF)
  • 000148: Pilots' Information File (PIF)

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Added: May 28, 2007

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000021-01-00.pdf

This is the complete document. Due to its large size, you can view/download this document in the following separate sections, depending on your interests.

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000021-01-01.pdf

Table of contents and front matter.

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000021-01-02.pdf

Section 1: General

Navigator's Responsibility; Flying Safety; Safeguarding Classified Material; Navigation Directives; Navigation Instrument Tech Orders;

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000021-01-03.pdf

Section 2: Dead Reckoning, Pilotage, and Radio Aids

Navigational Terms; Finding Groundspeed; Groundspeed and Drift; Dead Reckoning; Wind Determination; Wind by Bearings; Drift by Timing; Off Course Corrections; Groundspeed by Timing; AB Computer; Air Position Indicator; Instrument Calibration; B-3 Driftmeter; B-5 Driftmeter; Calibration of Airspeed Indicator; Altimeter; SCR-718 High-altitude Altimeter; Compass and Compass Swing; Aperiodic Compass; B-16 Swinging Compass; Directional Gyro Swing; Astrocompass; Gyro Flux Gate Compass; Directional Gyro; Calibration of Turret or Astrodome; C-1 Test Set; Martin Upper Turret; Bendix Upper Turret; Sperry Upper Local Turret; Radius of Action; Interception; Search and Rescue; Mercator Flying; Great Circle Flying; Controlled ETA; Aircraft Radios; Pilotage; Most Probable Position; Radio Compass Receiving Set; Enemy Action; Radio Navigation Aids; Beacons; Time Signals; Foreign Time Signals; Loran Radar Set; AN/APN-4; AN/APN-9;

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Section 3: Celestial

Motions of Heavenly Bodies; Celestial Definitions; Errors in Observations; Aircraft Sextants; A-12 Sextant; A-7; A-8A; A-10; A-10A; AN5851; AN5854-1; Navigational Star Charts; Ageton Solution; Almanac Tables; Observations for Latitude; Daytime Fixes; Astrocompass; Celestial Navigation Case; Celestial Compass Swing; Adjustment for Time; Rude Star Finder; Checking Time; Landfalls;

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Section 4: Tactical Operations

Crew Coordination; Effects of High Altitude; Oxygen Equipment; A-14; A-10A Demand Mask; Portable Oxygen Equipment; Pressure Breathing; Dangerous Gases; Vision at Night; Warm Climate Health; Cold Climate Health; F-2 Electrically Heated Flying Suit; F-3 Electrically Heated Flying Suit; The Log; Log Abbreviations; Chart Procurement; Chart Construction; Universal Plotting Chart; Checklist; Tactical Operations in the Various Theaters; Procedure on a Combat Bombing Mission; Long Range Cruise Control; Preflight Check; Emergency Navigation; Air Identification and Code; Intelligence; Polar Navigation;

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Section 5: Crew Duties

Bombardier; Radio Operator; Gunner;

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Section 6: Navigation Weather

Weather Symbols; You and the Weather; Estimating Weather in Flight; Haze Levels, Overcast Bases and Tops; Fronts; Line Squalls; Rules for Flying Weather; Navigational and Tactical Uses of Clouds; Condensation Trails;

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Section 7: Emergencies

Emergency Exits; Forced Landings; Ditching; Parachutes; How to Make Body Turns; The Landing; Parachute Types; B-7; B-8; B-9; AN6513-1; AN6514-1A; A-3; A-4; Pyrotechnic Pistols; M2 Pistol; AN-M8 Pistol; Smoke Grenades; Panel Signals; Body Signals; Vest Type Emergency Kit; Life Preserver Vest; Swimming Through Fire; Life Raft Kits and Discipline; One Man Life Raft; Fire Fighting; Fire Fighting Equipment in Airplanes; Kit, First-aid, Aeronautic; First Aid in Flight;

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000021-01-09.pdf

Index and back matter.

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[1] Mike Voisin (12-Jul-2008 05:32 PM)

This book belonged to my father, John E. Voisin. He trained as a navigator at San Marcos, Texas.

[2] Paul (26-Oct-2008 05:06 PM)

An invaluable source of original documentation for the amateur researcher. Thank you!

[3] Robert Blaha (23-Dec-2008 08:49 PM)

Could you add .pdf of cover also? I downloaded the complete NIF file and there's no cover. File starts with table of contents.

[4] Cordt (15-Jul-2009 11:45 AM)

Very useful information. Many procedures all still valid for the profesional pilots. I hope they will read it.
Cordt Machens, Airline pilot, Lufthansa, Germany.

[5] Ian Mann (19-Oct-2010 02:40 AM)

a fantastic source of information. I am a novice and this item makes terrific reading. Thanks for making it available. Ian Mann Goulburn Australia

[6] THOMAS G HARRISON (21-Nov-2010 11:22 PM)

WE ARE DOING RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL INTO NAVIGATION AND BOMBING TECHNIQUE & INSTRUMENTATION IN WWII WITH AN EMPHASIS ON pff(BTO)CONDITIONS. YOUR WEBSITE HAS BEEN INVALUABLE IN HELPING US UNDERSTAND INPORTANT DETAILS. SO GLAD SOMEONE HAS DONE THIS TRENCH WORK. EXCELLENT JOB ... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE ON BTO/pff PLEASE LET US KNOW...

[7] hacvan asten (03-Jul-2011 02:19 PM)

Very good textbook , Very helpful for research on subjects concerning classical navigation , like the Amelia Earhart incident of 1937 .

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