posted on Jul, 4 2013 @ 10:01 AM
We used to have two C-135s for VIP transport. They had wire antennas coming off the tail to the forward fuselage, for HF use. My father had been
pushing them to get wingtip HF antennas instead, because of interference issues with the wire antennas, but no one wanted to. On flight, carrying
COMPACFLT and COMPACAF to a conference, one was on the SATCOM, one was on HF, and about halfway through the conversation they realized they were
talking to each other. They got wingtip antennas not long after.
There was another SATCOM antenna tested on 12669, the AF Chief of Staff aircraft that was really nice. Not sure how much is out there, as it was
years ago, so I won't say a lot about it. It would have made interference almost impossible though. This system probably does something similar.