• RADAR at Neatishead during the 2nd World War

RAF Neatishead’s role in radar development

RAF Neatishead was key in the development of the next generation of Radar. The prototype radar was the Type 6 Radar which tested out the concept of the rotating Radar, using bicycle power. The Radar that went into production was the Type 7 Radar which was a fully rotating radar and introduced the concept of Ground Controlled Intercept (GCI), where the ground controller guided the Intercept Aircraft towards the target.

type 7
type 7 scenario
plotting table

A whole chain of new Radar Stations were set up with the Fighter Controllers housed in a concrete Operations Room, known to all as the “Happidrome”. And this is how RAF Neatishead, home to the Museum, started it’s long association with Air Defence.

Our room displays a scenario for a particular day and our Room Guides are happy to demonstrate how data was passed from the instrumentation and plotted out on Fighter and General Situation Tables.

Learn how the Sector clock was used to “Time stamp” the data displayed on the plotting tables enabling controllers to see how up to date the information was.

To learn more join our talk. The talks are given throughout the day. The times will be announced over the tannoy.

sector clock


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