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Boeing 247D DZ203 - Airborne Radar/Automatic Landing systems

Discussion in 'Everything Else Heritage' started by GeoffS75, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. GeoffS75

    GeoffS75 New Member

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    I will be upfront and state this is a plug for something so apologies if this is not permitted/frowned upon, but...

    ... I guess most of us fly once or twice a year (probably more) and take for granted the ability of the planes to land and take-off regardless of the weather or visibility. All of this is only possible thanks to radar research carried out during World War II using an elderly airliner, Boeing 247D DZ203 which was shipped over to the UK especially for use in radar trials.

    My Dad has spent the last few years researching the work carried out at RAF Defford (amongst other places) using the Boeing and has self-published a book covering the whole subject. Feel free to have a look at Amazon (Top Secret Boeing: Amazon.co.uk: Bob Shaw: Books) or eBay to get it directly from him.

    Thanks for reading and I hope one or two may be interested in investigating further.
     
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    The Saggin' Dragon Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks for the heads-up, sounds interesting.

    .... cant find it on ebay though.
     
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    Ordered, many thanks.

    Wasn't this aircraft one of the reasons for the Science Museum getting a 247 for their collection (currently at Wroughton?) ?
     
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    I think the main reason for the Science Museum having one is that the Boeing 247 was the first modern airliner before being quickly superseded by the Douglas DC2 and the ubiquitous DC3. I would guess at the time of their acquisition in the early '80s (?) the work of DZ203 would still have been little known.
     
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    Oh and thanks for ordering a copy. Dad usually posts quickly so you should get it in the next day or so!
     
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