If modern autonomous warplanes had flexible wings, today they might salute Jimmy Doolittle, the first pilot to prove that aircraft don't need human eyes to navigate. On September 25, 1929, Doolittle took off, flew, and landed a plane using only his instruments--the first-ever "blind" flight. PopSci lauded the historic feat a year later, in our November 1930 issue:
Though Doolittle demonstrated that a blind landing was possible, the stunt remained grueling and dangerous:
By 1930, many flight schools included training in blind flying. But students and seasoned pilots alike found it difficult to trust the newfangled technology:
PopSci also described new instrument panels that used a visual trick to keep pilots focused on the big picture, rather than on one or two dials:
Read the full story in our November 1930 issue: Blind Flying - A Race Against Death With Only Dials To Guide You.
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