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1946 - A.A. Nims lowers antennas into place during flight tests of new STRATOVISION


CD 1967080 E&MP127.001


May 27, 1946

Stratovision Engineer, A.A. Nims lowers antennas into place during flight tests of this revolutionary new system of airborne television and FM radio transmission under development by Westinghouse and the Glenn L. Martin Company.

Two 15-inch loop antennas are mounted on a 10-foot shaft of aluminum tubing hinged to the under side of the plane and lowered into place, loops down, after takeoff.

Manually operated in the converted bomber being used for tests, this equipment will be fully automatic in final Stratovision planes.

Stratovision -- already proven in flight tests -- opens the way for nationwide television and FM at reasonable cost by employing airplanes cruising constantly six miles in the air to overcome line-of-sight reception limitations characteristic of these services. 

Original Caption by Science Service

National Museum of American History


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