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Oral History Interview with Sonar Physicist Vincent Benedetti

Sonar Physicist Vincent Benedetti worked at the naval research lab at the corner of Gatlin and Summerlin Avenue for 35 years. He was the first person in Orlando to own scuba equipment having received his training from the U.S. Navy Seals in Key West in the 1960s. As head of the Anechoic Tank Facility at the United States Naval Research Laboratory, the Bureau of Standards for all sonar, Mr. Benedetti’s work involved simulating ocean conditions of pressure and temperature. He is the author of several papers including an experiment on what happens to a torpedo on board an aircraft at a certain temperature when it drops into the ocean assuming the airplane is flying from high altitude, cold temperature, and they drop into warm water. Hear Orlando resident Mr. Benedetti explain his sonar experiments in this excerpt from an oral history interview on September 4, 2011.

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The Benedetti's, Saint James Cathedral

September 4th, 2011 photo of Vincent and Arline Benedetti at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando.

U. S. Naval Research Laboratory

Photo, description and history of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - Underwater Sound Reference Division in this article "Navy Lab Serves As...

Navy's Underwater Sound Reference Laboratory

Aerial photo of the Navy's Underwater Sound Reference Laboratory and description of the facility, Orlando Sentinel, February 28, 1965.   Excerpt:...

Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory

Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, mission statement and description of the scientific work at the Orlando lab on...

Naval Research Laboratory Underwater Sound Reference Laboratory

Orlando Morning Sentinel June 17, 1948 announcement: "House Okays $1,120,000. for Orlando Laboratory". For a firsthand account of work at the facility...

Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory

"The Orlando laboratory established in 1941, has the world's most complete facilities for underwater sound measurements and is known as the bureau...

Naval Underwater Sound Reference Library

Orange Echoes, Winter 1948, article on the Naval Research Laboratory Underwater Sound Laboratory on Lake Mary Gem in Orlando.   Excerpt: Some 60-...

Underwater Naval Research Laboratory

Photo, description and history of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - Underwater Sound Reference Division in this article "Navy Lab Serves As...

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