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"My feeling is that the chance of our surviving into the twenty-first century as working civilization is less than fifty percent but greater than zero."
- Isaac Asimov

Locatimeter  
  A method for a plane to know its location over the Earth.  

This is a handy idea; it reminds me of a bombsight.

ALLEN JENNINGS, American, in the employ of the International Secret Service, glanced at the instrument board of his hurtling stratoplane. The altimeter showed that he was 50,000 feet above sea level, and the crossed wires above the turning globe in his locatimeter, that he was less than a hundred miles from the site of ancient Thebes. He cut the rocket blasts, and the ship continued its forward progress, but now it was dipping Earthward in a long curve.
From The Iron World, by Otis Adelbert Kline.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1937
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Compare to the cartograph from The Cometeers (1936) by Jack Williamson and to auto-navigation from The Dream Master (He Who Shapes) (1966), by Roger Zelazny.

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