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Early Electronic Television

Farnsworth Airborne TV System

Farnsworth developed a system during World War Two that used television to report the effectiveness of bombing. 

A bomb was equipped with a television camera and transmitter. It was released slightly after the normal bombs from a B-25 and televised the bombs hitting their targets. This allowed a visual assessment of the effectiveness of the bombing.

 

Here is a North American B-25 equipped with the Farnsworth.  The receiver is located at the taped up portion you see to the rear of the fuselage.

 

 

A picture of the receiver.

1944 memo on progress

(Thanks to Don Patterson for the pictures and information)