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  •  For an interesting take on early radar.... (7+ / 0-)

    Arthur C. Clarke wrote a semi-biographical novel about the development of radar in England during WW II and how it was used. It's Glidepath.

    Another biography which details the development of radar for night fighters is Night Fighter, a book I've mentioned here before.

    I believe it's that book which has the anecdote about the techs working with this mysterious new technology having some qualms about what radar was doing to their, ahem, manhood. The story goes that one of the people involved in the work set about with his wife on conceiving and raising a new batch of offspring to demonstrate their fears were mostly groundless.

    Talk about giving it all for the war effort!

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:47:59 PM PDT

    •  Actually (6+ / 0-)

      we know more about the effects of microwave radiation on humans now than we used to.

      We're very careful about when we turn our radar on. Even the relatively low output weather radars we have today.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 06:50:15 PM PDT

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    •  I have a copy of Night Fighter -the C.F Rawnsley (5+ / 0-)

      book, and have read 'Glide Path'. Actually, the ONLY Boeing 247D (DZ203) that the RAF had was used in the very secret work at RAF Defford, indeed......

      "In January 1945, DZ203 made the world’s first completely automatic orbit, approach and blind landing. The aircraft continued to be used for automatic blind landing research and demonstrations after the War, especially for the civilian aviation authorities."

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:21:25 PM PDT

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