[QuadList] quads on a plane?--Yes! Over the midwest and S. Vietnam
ted at quadvideotapegroup.com
Wed Jul 7 20:27:45 CDT 2010
On Jul 7, 2010, at 1:20 PM, Skip Elsheimer wrote:
> I was at a film archivist / moonshine symposium in West Virginia and
> somebody was asking about a mythical airplane that had quad machines
> installed on board. He said he thought it was a government owned
> plane and it would record video in remote locations.
> I said I would ask the experts..
> A/V Geeks LLC
I know of airborne quads used for playback.
Your acquaintance may be referring to the Midwest Program on Airborne
Television Instruction (MPATI), but I turned up the use of a similar
concept by the US Military over South Vietnam during the war. Links to
MPATI flew a pair of DC-6's with what look like two Ampex VR-1001's
and two low-power UHF transmitters above Monpelier, Indiana to
transmit educational programs to schools. One plane was a spare to
cover mechanical, electronic and weather problems.
The project had its origins here:
Best photo of the Quads is here:
See links here for details about the system:
where there are other Quads pictured.
The MPATI project's papers are now at the University of Maryland
The US Government turned to RCA to develop a similar capability in the
Here's the home page for a website about the project:
Here's a newspaper clipping showing the installation of the RCA
TR-22's and audio gear in a Super Constellation.
And a TR-22:
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