Early Aviation Radios

Recently a few pictures and links have been going around featuring a couple very early examples of radio in aircraft.

This 1915 model looks very sharp:

Aircraft radio telephony transmitter, complete with round valve and microphone, made by CE Prince, 1915. This was the first successful air-to-ground radio telephony set, used at Brooklands in 1915 to transmit voice over wireless from an aircraft to the ground.

Another one like it, without the tube, is in a museum that has pictures online:


Rather heady-stuff when new!



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