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Alpha Bravo Yankee Zulu
Friday 7 April 2006 11:00-11:30 (Radio 4 FM)
It is now 50 years since the NATO alphabet, in common use by aviators, the police, airline booking clerks, etc, was devised. The original intent was to have a system of linguistic purity which would avoid some of the catastrophic misunderstandings arising from communications during the Great War. Is it perhaps the only vestige of an internationally unifying dream which still has some use?
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