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  1. My dad, Vic Horton, flew backseat in the NASA Blackbirds with pilot Fitz Fulton. The celestial nav system was amazing, triangulating off of 3 stars. But it had its quirks. One time the nav system on an Air Force Blackbird locked on 3 pinholes in the roof of one of the “barns” at Beale AFB! I remember seeing him with a map, plotting flight paths and vortac frequencies along the California coast for a flight out over the Pacific Ocean. When the nav system failed 200 miles out over the ocean, he pulled the map out of his knee pocket and got them headed home. He said the signal out of Santa Maria was the best thing he’d heard in his life.

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