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History Of The Autopilot

Wed May 16, 2001 10:06 pm

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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RE: History Of The Autopilot

Wed May 16, 2001 10:16 pm

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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