How Planes Navigated Decades Ago

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In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson handed an airplane pilot a letter to be delivered, and airmail was officially born in the United States. Unfortunately, reliable air navigation systems didn’t start to appear until about a decade later. So how did pilots navigate then? One of the first attempts to give pilots a hand in determining their way from town to town was to paint navigation markers on the rooftops of buildings, oil tanks and train stations.