Thursday, March 22, 2012

Birdcall Collins, LeMay & USAF SAC


In 1954 LeMay had invited via "special invitation," Arthur Collins to attend a meeting of business executives at Offut, AFB in Nebraska. While there Collins hobnobbed with officials of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. While there, Collins also informed LeMay of advances his company had made in single-sideband radio, an area that the Air Force was looking to develop and improve on. What LeMay's collaboration with Arthur Collins eventually led to, was something called BIRDCALL, an "air-to-ground and point-to-point SSB communication system." Further testing on this communications system continued throughout 1956

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