We used to breathe a sigh of relief when discovering the instrument approach in front of us was going to be based on an ILS and not a VOR compsas card. It would be easy! But not too long ago, aviators dreamed of the VOR as so much better than what was the norm: a non-directional beacon.
— James Albright
Here's a look back on those days of hopes and dreams. These are from the 1948 pages of "Flying Safety" magazine, a monthly publication of the Unites States Air Force.