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Estate sale find today. From the same estate as the 16th FIS Alfred E. Newman patch. Hey, I'm sorry, but I'm a Navy guy---did they really use these while flying? Thanks, Al Hirschler in Dallas.

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Estate sale find today. From the same estate as the 16th FIS Alfred E. Newman patch. Hey, I'm sorry, but I'm a Navy guy---did they really use these while flying? Thanks, Al Hirschler in Dallas.

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These "Whiz Wheels" are actually easy to use and I always had one tucked in my helmet bag. On a C-130, even with the on-board SCNS (Self-Contained Navigation System) computer, it was often quicker to make an airspeed computation with a whiz wheel rather than scroll through the computer to the applicable page.

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I believe that some U.S. naval aviation pilots and flight officers still use these along with other items and pocket checklists in their nav bag. The nav bags were

made by the parachute riggers and were made from red, black, or other colors of vinyl and later olive drab and sage green nylon.

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