Kollsman presents U.S. Air Force AN/USQ-28 Aerial Electro-photo Mapping System [ brochure front cover title ]. Kollsman Instrument Corporation.
Kollsman presents U.S. Air Force AN/USQ-28 Aerial Electro-photo Mapping System [ brochure front cover title ]
Kollsman presents U.S. Air Force AN/USQ-28 Aerial Electro-photo Mapping System [ brochure front cover title ]
Kollsman presents U.S. Air Force AN/USQ-28 Aerial Electro-photo Mapping System [ brochure front cover title ]
Kollsman presents U.S. Air Force AN/USQ-28 Aerial Electro-photo Mapping System [ brochure front cover title ]

Kollsman presents U.S. Air Force AN/USQ-28 Aerial Electro-photo Mapping System [ brochure front cover title ]

Elmhurst, New York: Kollsman Instrument Corporation, Systems Management Division circa 1962. First Edition. 32 pages. 11 x 8 1/2 (oblong). Textured pictorial wrappers, stapled. Minor soiling to covers, generally bright and clean. Near Fine. Wraps. [27400]


A sales brochure highlighting the six most important portions of this system designed for the Boeing RC-135A jet aircraft for advanced photographic mapping systems. Today's air reconaissance vehicles put this system to shame, but the brochure is fairly technical, with specifications and diagrams for each of the systems including the "Airborne Digital Computer" with it's 8448 word memory and 537.6 kc clock rate. Wikipedia notes that "The first RC-135 variant, the RC-135A, was ordered in 1962 by the United States Air Force to replace the Boeing RB-50 Superfortress....Four RC-135As (63-8058 through 8061) were photo mapping platforms utilized briefly by the Air Photographic & Charting Service, based at Turner Air Force Base, Georgia and later at Forbes Air Force Base, Kansas as part of the 1370th Photographic Mapping Wing. The mission was soon assumed by satellites, and the RC-135As were de-modified and used as staff transports. In the early 1980s they were further converted to tankers with the designation KC-135D (of the same basic configuration as the KC-135E, plus some remaining special mission equipment). Due to delays in reinstalling their original equipment, the RC-135As were the last of the entire C-135 series delivered to the USAF. The Boeing model number for the RC-135A is 739-700."

As with many expensive military items, the brochure is quite interesting visually - with excellent conceptual art detailing how the system was to be used. This system was never really used however, as advancements in optics and satellite technology soon overshadowed airplane borne methods for this sort of work. Not surprisingly there are no copies in OCLC/Worldcat nor online that we could find as of this writing.

Price: $50.00