National Geographic : 1945 Feb
1st with a radio beam for planes! Eighteen years ago the first radio range system was set up by Ford. And a Ford plane made a daring round-trip flight through a snow storm from Dearborn to Day ton, guided solely by radio. The original Ford radio beacon was essentially that in use today. Two sending loops were set at an acute angle, transmitting signals alternately. From one was beamed the letter "A" . .. dot dash. From the other, the letter "N" ... dash-dot. These signals interlocked to give the pilot's "on course" hum. Basic patents have been issued to Ford on this greatest naviga tion aid. But in the interestof safer air travel, Ford has made these patents available to the air trans port industry without charge. The radio beacon is just one of many important "firsts" result ing from the Ford desire to bene fit the greatest number of people in the most effective way. Naturally, Ford-built cars and trucks have profited fully by this seeking for new and better things. And with the pioneering spirit more alive than ever at Ford today, you can continue to "expect the firsts from Ford." EXPECT THE "FIRSTS" FROM FORD!