The History of Air Intercept (AI) Radar and the British Night-Fighter 1935-1959

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Pen & Sword Aviation, 2007 - History - 326 pages
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This is the history of Air Intercept (AI) radar and its use in night-fighter aircraft in defense of the UK and in the protection of RAF bomber forces. It is set against the political, military, economic and technological background of world events.

Beginning in 1935, it describes the events leading up to the creation of the Air Ministry Research Establishment and the work of the Establishment's Airborne Group under Dr Edwin Bowen and the building of the first 1.5 meter AI Mk 1 and later versions that saw use during the winter Blitz in Blenheim night-fighters and Mosquito during the Baedeker Raids.

It covers the introduction of cent metric technology at the Telecommunications Research Establishment and the creation of cent metric AI (Mks VII - IX) and their installation in the Beaufighter and later marks of the Mosquito. It describes the creation of the Radiation Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the development the SCR 720 radar and its adoption by the RAF.

The final section describes the Cold War and the development of jet-powered night-fighters and the changes in the air defense situation with the introduction of strategic bombers by the Soviet Union and the atomic bomb.

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"an outstanding combination of the many aspects involved with air intercept radar... the author is very successful in blending technical, operational and military aspects of the subjects into a very interesting book."Air Power History, Winter 2008

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A technical history of British air intercept radar and nightfighters from the first experiments to the introduction of the Javelin FAW. It deals mainly with the technical details of the equipment ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Ian White is Professor of Water Resources at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, The Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Professor White was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in environmental science and technology in 2003 and has twice (in 1994 and 1997) received the G. Burton Publication Medal from the Hydrological Society of Canberra. He has worked in water and land resources in Australia, the United States, Pacific small island nations, Vietnam, China and France.

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