Thursday, February 25, 2010

Distance learning

Distance learning: "When I think of distance learning it's the internet that comes to mind. I'm sure there must be some Open University stuff on TV these days, but I never seem to stumble across it, or its seventies style lecturers.

So what's this? This DC-6 was operated by Purdue University, it took off, lowered its TV transmission antenna and loitered while broadcasting educational programs.

I'm told the crew had access to parachutes, just in case the antenna failed to retract for landing!

There's a great Popular Mecahnics article from January 1961 here.


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