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History Of The Autopilot  
User currently offlineDTW_Steve From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 93 posts, RR: 1
Posted (15 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5594 times:

I have a question for anyone in the know...when did autopilots begin to appear on airliners? I've never heard an autopilot and a 707 or DC-8 talked about in the same sentence, but it would seem likely to me that early jetliners would have had them. So, for anyone who knows, when did they appear, and on which aircraft?


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5590 times:

Crude autopilots were introduced during, maybe even shortly before the second world war.
These did not much more than provide direction and attitude hold, so needed a lot more monitoring (no correction for winddrift, no autonavigation, etc.).

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