I have set myself a project: Use Linear Algebra to estimate effect of wind-speed and direction on Navigation, specifically the calculation of groundspeed and “track made good”. This is the essence of Wind finding and application to the real world of navigation in the air by bomber command.

I HATED Linear Algebra. I was 17 years-old in first-year university when I took the course (it was mandatory) and I didn’t do well. I got an adjudicated pass, I believe. However, it is the real essence of what the navigator did. So I need to educate myself. I will build a spreadsheet to assist in the calculations.

There are of course resources on the web. I am starting by review the examples outlined here:


I presume that you are “all up to speed” having reviewed DTC Bennett’s book The Complete Air Navigator? ;-)