Skip to main content

First Traffic Choppers?

While I was organizing my magazine collection (see previous blog), I ran across a 1937 issue of California Highway Patrolman magazine. It had an interesting story about how the CHP, the California Air National Guard and a CBS radio affiliaqte in Los Angeles teamed up to monitor Southern California traffic. Each Sunday, a CANG pilot would take to the skies over LA in a bi-plane. If the pilot spotted a traffic back up below, he would use a two-way radio to contact the radio station. The radio announcer would then broadcast the delay over the air. I wonder how well this worked back then. If I'm not mistaken, most cars on the highway in 1937 did not have a radio.

Has anyone ever heard of another early effort to monitor highway traffic from the skies?

Where to Bid

Car Auciton

Check out the Old Cars Auction Calendar

The Old Cars Auction Calendar has the when and where you are looking for when it comes to classic car auctions.