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Milestones:Loran, 1940-1946

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Loran, 1940-1946

The rapid development of Loran -- long range navigation - under wartime conditions at MIT’s Radiation Lab was not only a significant engineering feat but also transformed navigation, providing the world’s first near-real-time positioning information. Beginning in June 1942, the United States Coast Guard helped develop, install and operate Loran until 2010.


The plaque may be viewed attached to MIT Building N42, wall mounted outdoors alongside other plaques at 211 Massachusetts Avenue. The plaque is visible to pedestrians walking on this public sidewalk.