View Full Version : off topic. phantoms and tomcats
i took the first photo from a phantom over mt fuji in 1969,
and this a radar display of eastern long island from a tomcat sometime in the
ground map mode, 50 mi scale... peconic bay north and south forks, the hamptons. i live on the north fork...
Goo: "Hey WOW!...I can bomb my house from here!"
Thanks Ed. Cool pics.
A USMC Tomcat with a radar that is not OCP*, OCM*, or AWP*!! :icon_salut:
*OCP= Out of commission parts
*OCM= Out of commission Maintenance
*AWP= Awaiting Parts
You mention ground map mode, by any chance did you also have a profile mode on that system. Reason I ask is that our B-52E models in early 60's had both modes. Theory was to fly low under enemy radar to get to target area. It was called Terrain Avoidance Advanced Capability Radar, ACR for short. My understanding it that the IBM/Raytheon system we had was originally designed for fighters and adopted for the B-52. It worked rather well on the aircraft we had at the time.
You can send e mail to me if you wish to discuss this further.
F-111s were equipped with a similar system and got a lot of hype. As I recall they had problems with it when first deployed. I never knew B-52s (E models) had such radar back then, but it's smart to not announce your capabilities. Neat!
Bruce, the system we had was pretty good at the time. I doubt that it is even in use on the remaining B 52's these days. If there are any still in service. I looked on line at the Arizona bone yard. A lot of them are there. The first flight from our base had the fellows manning the fire watch towers in the mountains calling in saying we had aircraft in trouble. Can youl imagine being in one of those towers and looking down into the valley and see that monster aircraft lumbering through.
Intresting enough, although my job was alignment of that computer I never did get a chance to go on one of the missions. Was confined to the shop work. Those that were eligiable for flight status did so when a system malfunction kept occuring in flight but could not be duplicated on the ground. This was for the most part at high altitude.
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