FLYERS USE HAND TO WARN OF MOVEMENTS (Oct, 1931)

FLYERS USE HAND TO WARN OF MOVEMENTS

To warn other pilots of their movements, aviators at a Glendale, Calif., flying field use hand signals. Extending the hand diagonally upward means a right turn; straight out, a left turn; downward means the pilot will land. Above a girl student is seen learning the signals.

6 comments
  1. Roflcopter says: February 6, 20085:41 am

    Wait, wait, wait… Hand Signals… no elektroniks involved? not even something steam driven?

    I am disapointed ;-)

  2. Jerry says: February 6, 20089:13 am

    Does this precede or follow the use of the same hand signals by motorists?

  3. Jake of All Trades says: February 6, 20089:57 am

    I’m wondering that too. The article certainly makes it sound like it was a totally new idea… I’m also curious as to when planes would have routinely been flying close enough to each other for this to work and/or be important…

  4. Slim says: February 7, 20089:10 am

    Waving to friends on the ground could cause a problem.

  5. Stannous says: February 7, 200812:03 pm

    Think they included giving the finger?

  6. Repack Rider says: February 8, 20088:57 pm

    Three signals, essentially pointing. How long will it take this “girl student” to learn them?

    Might there be any aspects of piloting an aircraft that are a little more complex, and possibly even harder for a “girl student” to learn?

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