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Image of BLUE PARROT AIRBORNE RADAR SYSTEM, 1962

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BLUE PARROT AIRBORNE RADAR SYSTEM, 1962

First introduced experimentally into Buccaneer aircraft of flight Squadron 701Z in April 1959, the Ferranti 'Blue Parrot' airborne radar was in full service by 1962. Built to detect Russian heavy cruisers, which it did successfully, it was employed by the RAF who relied on its service for twenty six years.

Employed in Buccaneer aircraft for both the Falkland's and Gulf war, 'Blue Parrot' was kept in service for over 30 years, making it's last NATO exercise in the North sea in 1994. Unsophisticated by modern standards, 'Blue Parrot' made up for it in sheer power. It opened new horizons in the 1960's and nothing at the time could challenge it.

Picture bottom left, A= Visual display unit Type unknown. Bottom Right B= Drift Angle/ speed indicator, Type 101. C= Bottom Centre ADF Receiver, Type 2830. E= Top centre DF Loop Controller Type 384. F= Top right Receiver Controller Type 1274. Item E the Radar Interface Unit is not shown. Also shown two photographs of some of the units in a Buccaneer aircraft cockpit.

Donated by Marconi Museum

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Image of WWII FLYING HELMET TYPE 'B MASK TYPE 'D' and  RCAF GOGGLES, 1940

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WWII FLYING HELMET TYPE 'B MASK TYPE 'D' and RCAF GOGGLES, 1940

Helmet Mask and Goggles used during the Battle of Britain by RAF crews. The helmet was made by I.Compton & Sons & Webb Ltd .

Mk3 RCAF Goggles. 1935 Royal Canadian Air Force Type
Introduced around 1935 Mk3 Goggles used curved celluloid lenses fitted into narrow blackened metal frames with velveteen cushions and large leather surrounds intended to protect the wearer from the elements (most RAF fighter aircraft in service in the mid-1930's were still in open cockpits). these were superseded by the Mk4 version as the the Mk3's strap fouled on the earpieces of the type 'B' helmet. the Mk4 is far more likely to have been used during the Battle of Britain.

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Image of WWII FLYING MASK TYPE  'E' HELMET TYPE 'C'

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WWII FLYING MASK TYPE 'E' HELMET TYPE 'C'

Flying Mask and Helmet that replaced the Type 'B' helmet and Type 'D' mask, with goggles of the period.

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Image of FLYING MASK 'H'  'G' HELMET AND GOGGLES, 1950's

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FLYING MASK 'H' 'G' HELMET AND GOGGLES, 1950's

Flying Helmet that replaced the Type 'C' and Type 'E' mask, with goggles of the period.

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Image of WWII FLIGHT NAVIGATORS  COMPUTER

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WWII FLIGHT NAVIGATORS COMPUTER

Flight Navigators Computer Mk3* used during WW2 enabling fast calculations,for Navigators during flight.
Notice the straps which were worn around the legs.

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Image of WWII AIRCRAFT GYROSCOPE

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WWII AIRCRAFT GYROSCOPE

Using 3 phase current, commonly used on large aircraft such as the Avro Lancaster, this gyroscope would have been the central part of the aircraft's stabilising system.
Here it is mounted on a board for demonstration and training purposes.

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