Early Broadcast Equipment
World War Two Airborne TV Camera
When the United States entered World War Two, companies that made consumer products produced things for the war effort. RCA's television engineers developed this camera for use in television-controlled bombs. It uses the 1846 iconoscope, a 4 1/2 inch version. Here is the story of RCA's military television involvement.
During the 1950s these cameras became available for purchase, and many radio amateurs bought them and converted them to work with the 525 line standard. Here is information on converting this camera for use with NTSC. Two hams who used the camera were Don Peck and Chuck Colby.
Courtesy of Richard Diehl
Visitors to the museum can now see the camera in operation. A timed switch turns it on.