Early Television Museum
2007 Convention Presentation
How RCA's WWII
Military Television Development Shaped Modern Warfare
By: Maurice Schechter
Date: 4-6 May 2007
Place: Early television Convention, Hilliard, Ohio
Modern warfare using remote transmission of images as a means of weapons guidance and aerial reconnaissance has its roots before WWII, to an inventor who saw the possibilities of an emerging technology and his boss who supported its successful innovation. The men: Vladimir Zworykin and David Sarnoff of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). The technology: television.
Maurice Schechter's well illustrated presentation will trace the development of military television from a memo Zworykin wrote in 1934 to the end of the war, where practical TV-guided weapons were used in combat. Military technology that made post war television possible.
Mr. Schechter's presentation will include a demonstration of the very rare restored WWII television equipment used to guide these weapons. The complete system from iconoscope camera to the bombardier's monitor with its green image will be making pictures over the air as if it was 1944
Among his many images, he will be showing archival footage of the developmental TV bombs, filmed recordings / kinescopes from actual bombing runs and an interview with the developer of Army Air Forces GB-4 television guided bomb used in the European theatre.
Examples of WWII
Television Guided Weapons
About the Speaker: Mr.
Schechter is chief engineer for DuArt Film and Video in New York
City and has spent nearly 20 years researching this subject from
the proving grounds of Nevada to the National Archives.
WWII Block III Television equipment to be shown at the Convention