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Chain Home Radar System

Chain Home Low

Chain Home Extra Low

Ground Controlled Intercept

Post War Planning

Rotor Radar System

Master Radar Station

Linesman Radar System


Tactical, ATC and airfield radars






"Cold War" and Radar links

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Royal Air Force Radar

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"Per Ardua Ad Astra"


"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly... it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated" - Thomas Paine

The "Royal Air Force Radar Pages" are dedicated to the past and present men and women of the Royal Air Force who work so hard to maintain the air defences of Great Britain.

The Cold War was a significant part of my life, growing up in an R.A.F. family in the 50's and 60's and later on serving  in the R.A.F. during the 70's. The combatants on all sides displayed the highest standards of valour and duty and I am proud that I stood shoulder to shoulder with such people. I think it is vital that these times are remembered for what they teach us about human fears and frailties as well as the human condition. Much has been said and written about the causes and the effects of the Cold War. Those who deplored our service might do well to reflect on the words of Thomas Jefferson (1787);

"The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots".

We serve our country to the best of our abilities. It is the duty of our governments to ensure that our blood is not poured forth lightly.

The links in the left panel in this section run more or less chronologically from top to bottom, with the earliest R.A.F. radar, Chain Home, at the top. Many of the R.A.F. Radar pages are as yet incomplete. This is partly due to the great secrecy that surrounds military equipment and also the difficulties involved with obtaining information on obsolete equipment. Additionally, this is a part time project. Please be patient!

My primary area of interest centers on R.A.F. radar systems, however I am also interested in what the other participants in the Cold War got up to with their radar systems. If anyone wishes to forward radar or Cold War items to me you'll find my E-mail address at the bottom of each page and a link to the Contact the Editor page in the left hand panel. If I use the material I will of course acknowledge the source, or maintain privacy and anonymity, as you wish.

Some of the material on this site has been "borrowed" from Radomes, Inc to whom I extend my heartfelt thanks and best wishes.

Old radar men never die - Their echoes fade away according to the inverse fourth power law

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