C-1 Automatic Flight Control System
When combined with the Norden bombsight,
it created the stability necessary to bomb targets accurately from high
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C-1 Automatic Flight Control System (small manual /
approximately 25 pages)
Honeywell's C-1 autopilot is an electromechanical robot which
automatically controls the airplane in straight and level flight, or
maneuvers the airplane in response to the fingertip control of the
human pilot or bombardier.
The key to the system was a gyroscope that could sense variations
in course and speed and make adjustments well before a human pilot.
Once the autopilot was turned on, control of the airplane passed to
the bombardier, who would make final flight changes as he peered
through the Norden bombsight.
View: Original C-1 Automatic Flight Control System Manual