A World First, ‘Bawdsey Radar’. Suffolk UK

On 24th September 1937, RAF Bawdsey became the first fully operational Radar station in the world. Remarkably, this was only a short eighteen months after the first experiment, conducted by Robert Watson Watt and Arnold Wilkins, which established that by using transmitted radio waves it was possible to detect an approaching aircraft.

‘Watson-Watt dismissed the idea of death rays but said that radio beams could be bounced off enemy aircraft to detect them.’

Bawdsey Radar was used as an RAF base through the Cold War until the 1990s when the Bloodhound Missile was the last ‘tenant’ in this base.

Project Details

It is through the dedication and enthusiasm of multiple talented individuals working together, which has enabled the creation and completion of the Bawdsey Radar experience.

  • Client – Bawdsey Radar Trust
  • Year – 2015 to 2017

I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the ongoing Bawdsey Radar story.

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