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Here is a great resource on the the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, (NATO phonetic alphabet or the ICAO phonetic alphabet). It's the most widely used spelling alphabet for communication via radio or telephone. 

  • Telephone spelling alphabets originated during World War I to enhance communication.
  • The first internationally recognized non-military spelling alphabet was established by the CCIR in 1927.
  • During World War II, various nations utilized their own versions of a spelling alphabet.
  • In 1947, the IATA proposed a draft universal alphabet to the ICAO, encompassing sounds common to English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  • Between 1948 and 1949, Jean-Paul Vinay collaborated with the ICAO to develop a new spelling alphabet with words similar in English, French, and Spanish.
  • The NATO alphabet was adopted in 1956, becoming the universal phonetic alphabet for military, civilian, and amateur radio communications.
  • The name "NATO phonetic alphabet" gained prominence due to NATO Allies leading the final revision and the widespread use of signals for naval communications and tactics globally

Learn more here: isesassociation.com/do-you-know-what-nato-phonetic-alphabet-is

NATO phonetic alphabet

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