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Old 29th Jun 2022, 12:00
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Navigation markings on the ground, N. Africa

Hi all.

Over the years I've seen just a couple of references (with scant details) about navigation markings being laid out along the ground on long routes in northern Africa in the early days of aviation there, pre-radio navigation.

One suggestion I've seen is that there was an entire, unbroken line marked out on the ground along a route (I can't recall which one) of some hundreds of miles by digging a trench or some such. And perhaps large arrows or mounds as well.

Does this sound right? Does anyone have any details?

Thanks in advance.
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Google 'Plain of Nazca'.
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In 1921 the RAF was surveying the proposed route between Jordan and Iraq and ploughed a furrow to help navigation.
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Flying the Furrow

https://archive.aramcoworld.com/issu...the.furrow.htm
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Magnificent, thank you very much for the quick replies!
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I once asked an old Transport Command navigator about navigating across the desert in the 1950’s and 60’s.

He said that it was easy; you just followed the oil slick that the Beverley’s had left over the years!
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Alex Henshaw may or may not mention 'Markers' . If I remember rightly he followed tracks in the sand on his Trans-Saharan Flights. Read his super memoir ' Flight of The Mew Gull ' available in paperback.
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https://www.dreamsmithphotos.com/arr...b_gazelle.html
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Read his super memoir ' Flight of The Mew Gull ' available in paperback.
I've read it twice. I am truly amazed that he survived the trip, given the number of close shaves he had, never mind nearly passing out from exhaustion when arriving back at Southend.
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