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Providence Man Aids NC-4 Trip

Develops Radio Device Used on Historic Trip

COILS MANUFACTURED HERE


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Providence Journal
October 1st 1919




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Providence Journal
October 2nd 1919


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Providence Journal
October 4th 1919


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The NC-4 after her return to the U.S.A., 1919


Thomas P. Giblin Responsible for Vital Accuracy of Wireless Apparatus's Receiving Instruments and Proper Functioning of Radio Compass on Which Flyers Depend

Improved winding radio coils in the type SE-1405 amplifier used in the wireless apparatus of the "Nancy" Four which Lieutenant Commander Albert C. Read piloted in the first successful transatlantic flight, worked out by Thomas P. Giblin, a Providence radio engineer, was responsible for the high efficiency of the plane's receiving apparatus. The coils were manufactured by a local concern of which Mr Giblin was manager. Because of the greatly reduced size of wireless aerials permissible on a seaplane of the NC-4 type, a strong "booster" is vitally necessary to increase the intensity of sounds received to a sufficient degree of audibility. The amplifier devised - by Mr. Giblin by a method which is a closely guarded naval secret, made possible a very wide receiving radius.

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Radio Equipment On Board


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SE-1390


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SE-950


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SE-1100


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SE 950 NC-4 Type
The Smithsonian


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Trailing Antenna


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SCR-73


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SCR-73


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SCR-73


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CQ-1265 SCR-73 Prop


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CQ-1265 SCR-73 Prop


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CQ-1265 SCR-73 Prop


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CQ-1265 SCR-73 Prop


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CQ-1265 SCR-73 Prop


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CQ-1265 SCR-73 Prop



Not only is the amplifier an important, unit in the receiving of messages, but also in the accurate functioning of the delicate radio compass upon which the airship depends for its direction while in flight. The NC-4 was in constant communication with the chain of destroyers strung out across the Atlantic, the vessels sending frequent position data. This was picked up and registered by the radio compass and from the longitude and latitude figures thus received the flyer was able to plot out his own relative position and direction of flight. Without the reliable "booster" in the circuit of the wireless mechanism aboard the airship, the compass would either register inaccurately or perhaps fail to work altogether. Published reports of the trip reveal how effectively the contrivance worked.

The amplifier which contains the coils devised by Mr Giblin, as well as the Audion bulb, is an instrument not quite the size of an ordinary quart measure. In spite of the comparatively small size, the efficiency of the device proved uniformly accurate, contributing in a very large measure to the success of the epoch-marking flight. Mr Giblin has since developed a powerful amplifier coil which has been successfully tested at the Naval proving ground at Hyattsville MD 2



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Navy SE-1405


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Navy SE-1405


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Navy SE-1405


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Across the Ocean on the NC-4

The Personal Narrative of the Wireless Operator on the Naval Seaplane Which First Spanned the Atlantic in an Historical Air Flight
Ensign Herbert C Rodd

The Great Hop

The Story Of The American Navy's
Transatlantic Flight
By Commander John H Towers USN

The NC-4
The First Transatlantic Flight

US NAVY Publication


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Flying, August 1919

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Flying, July 1919


Providence Journal Coverage of the NC-4 Flight




Providence Journal May 2, 1919


Providence Journal May 5, 1919

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Providence Journal May 9, 1919

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NC-4 May 14, 1919
Off For The Azores

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NC-4 May 14, 1919
Arriving Ponta Delgada

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NC-4 May 14, 1919
Congratulating The Crew Of The NC-4 On Arrival In England

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NC-4 May 14, 1919
Getting Ready For The Flight

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NC-4 May 1919

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NC-4 In The Water

Albert Cushing Read
Commander Albert C. Read
pilot

Walter Hinton
Lieutenant Commander
pilot

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NC-4 Charles H Hubell Painting
Electronics In Flight 1961 No. 3

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Providence Journal May 15, 1919

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Providence Journal May 17, 1919

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Providence Journal May 18, 1919

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Providence Journal May 20, 1919

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The World NewYork 1919


Providence Journal May 30, 1919

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Providence Journal May 31, 1919

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Providence Journal June 1, 1919

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Providence Journal June 1, 1919

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Providence Journal June 1, 1919


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Providence Journal June 2, 1919

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Providence Journal June 25, 1919


Electronics World July 1919


Providence Journal August 14, 1921


Providence Journal March 20, 1922


Providence Journal June 12, 1927

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Providence Journal May 14, 1939



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Another NC-4 Rhode Island Connection

The Navy NC-4 historic flight across the Atlantic had another connecton to Rhode Island in addition to Thomas P. Giblin. The construction of the planes hull was completed at the Herreshoff Company in Bristol, Rhode Island.


Providence Journal May 29, 1919


Providence Journal September 20, 1942


Providence Journal November 24, 1948


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Providence Journal December 7, 1952


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Providence Journal March 27, 1955



Providence Journal October 12, 1967

NC-4 March
By F E Bigalow
Dedicated to Commander A C Read


NC-4 March Sheet Music









1 Development Of Aircraft Radio Equipment

2 Providence Saturday Journal, Providence Man Aids NC-4 Trip, September 30, 1919