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He published several books, including Spherographical Navigation, written with Yale professors Dirk Brouwer and Frederic Keator, on improving celestial navigation techniques. He continued his research on sextants and improving navigation for pilots, which led him to exploration.
In 1949, he participated in a project to map out travel routes over a portion of Brazil that was owned by the Fundação Brasil Central (Central Brazil Foundation). This portion of Brazil consists of roughly a quarter of the country by land size. McMillen surveyed and created maps for commercial aviation.
In 1958, Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek requested a report regarding the defense of Brazil and the South American continent based on McMillen's work on the Serra do Cachimbo (Cachimbo mountain range). This work was completed in 1959.
McMillen was the recipient of many awards and commendations, including the Medal of Honor of the city of São Paulo and the Medal of Merit Santos Dumont. He was also a member of several aeronautical associations, including the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of Navigation.
Information in this biographical note was drawn from the collection, specifically the material in box 1, folder 3.
- Guide to the Drury A. McMillen Papers
- compiled by Camila Zorrilla Tessler
- November 2019
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