by the seat of your pants

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An aviator's term, Cross country flying, navigating via ground observation of landmarks, arrows on rooftops. water towers, railroad tracks, roadways, radio/TV towers; and by the 'seat of your pants'.
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In the early days of flying, landmarks were difficult to see or confusing from even low altitudes. Pilots developed a memory for reference points in navigating cross country and asserted they were flying by the 'seat of their pants'.

Submitted by WerterBuch on August 03, 2015

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