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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 10:30 p.m. PST

… radio transmission.

"The first time the radio was used in an aircraft, the message wasn't one about science, technology, or even the wild blue yonder. It was much more mundane but still unexpectedly hilarious. When the crew of the Airship America decided to attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, they opted to take a radio system with them along with a cat that had been living in the airship's hangar, one named Kiddo. The first message transmitted by the airmen was about Kiddo.

"Roy, come and get this goddam cat!"

It was 1910, and America's airman Walter Wellman loaded five companions onto the airship America in an effort to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air. Though the mission would end in a kind of disaster (and not cross the Atlantic), it would still be historic, setting a number of firsts and records for traveling by air. The ship traveled more than a thousand miles and stayed in the air for a whopping 72 hours. Wellman also decided he would take a radio system and an engineer with him so he could communicate with ships below…"
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