Actually, this concept was used from 1940s through 1960s ... here are those private and public programs:
Originally Posted by n6kzb
Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction (MPATI)
Ford Foundation & Purdue University
One of the two aircraft would go aloft for six to eight hours at a time; take up a twenty minute figure-eight station centered over Montpelier, Indiana (35 miles north of Muncie, Indiana) at an altitude of 23,000 feet. From this position the range of transmission was approximately 200 miles in diameter; stations transmission included both Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas.
In 1945 the Glenn L. Martin Co. and Westinghouse Electric Corporation advocated television coverage of small towns and rural areas as well as the large metropolitan centers by fourteen aircraft that would provide coverage for approximately 78% of the people in the U.S.A.
Operation Blue Eagle (1966 - 1972) -- Vietnam War, Saigon area
The entire project was under the control of Captain George C. Dixon, USN.
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