Sixty years ago this month, the January 1956 issue of Radio Electronics carried this item about a relay of a telecast from Cuba to the United States. The program, carried by NBC, originated with CMQ in Havana.
Cuba was the first country in Latin America with television, and by 1954, it had a national network, with CMQ as its flagship station.
This 1955 program was relayed from atop a 35-story apartment building in Havana to an aircraft doing figure 8’s halfway between Havana and Miama. It relayed the program to NBC’s receiving equipment atop the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach.
For more discussion of the use of aircraft to relay TV signals, see my earlier post about Stratovision.