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Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 10:51 a.m.

Antenna kept bomber signal strong

  • Trailing antenna on the FHC's B-25 Mitchell.

    Photo by Cory Graff

    Trailing antenna on the FHC's B-25 Mitchell.

How do you get the best signal from a flying bomber?

The FHC's B-25 Mitchell has a trailing antenna that can be extended into the air behind the plane in flight. This image shows the antenna, connected to a reel and cable, in its retracted state.

It has a heavy weight on its trailing end and a wooden ball to snugly catch the piece of communication equipment next to the skin of the aircraft when it is not in use.

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