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iPad proving invaluable for Marine Corps aviators

31st May 2011 - 10:37 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Camp Dwyer, Helmand

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USMC aviators in Afghanistan are using iPads loaded up with maps of the southern regions of the country to reduce their workload in the cockpit.

Since November last year, marine pilots have been using iPads and more recently iPad 2s with digital maps, which allow the crews to search out locations in the region at the tap of the screen rather than flicking through map packs that are heavy and take up room in the cramped cockpits of aircraft such as the AH-1W Cobra and the F/A-18 Hornet.

The idea was developed by an enterprising Cobra pilot from one of

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