Richard E. Byrd Using a Sextant, circa 1927

Summary

Richard E. Byrd uses a sextant in this circa 1927 photo. During his polar expeditions, Byrd relied on navigational instruments not much changed in 200 years. The sextant measured the angle between an astronomical object -- the Sun or a star -- and the horizon. Together with the time it was measured, this angle was used to determine a position on a navigational chart.

Richard E. Byrd uses a sextant in this circa 1927 photo. During his polar expeditions, Byrd relied on navigational instruments not much changed in 200 years. The sextant measured the angle between an astronomical object -- the Sun or a star -- and the horizon. Together with the time it was measured, this angle was used to determine a position on a navigational chart.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1927

Subject Date

circa 1927

Collection Title

Aeronautics Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2001.0.107.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 6.063 in

Width: 8 in

Inscriptions

attached piece of paper at bottom in part: BYRD SCANS THE SKIES. ...SHOWN WITH A SEXTANT THAT HE USED ON HIS FLIGHT IN THE ARCTIC, AND WHICH HE WILL USE ON HIS ATTEMPTED FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK TO PARIS.. etc. ink stamp on back: ...HERBERT PHOTOS, Inc. N.Y. NEWS FEATURES... NOT FOR SYNDICATION ... other ink stamp on back: 1927

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