December 2022

12 Days of Radar – Day One

Arnold ‘Skip’ Wilkins worked closely with Robert Watson-Watt. Indeed, it was Wilkins who suggested that radio waves could be used to detect aircraft, having heard of complaints from GPO radio operators of signal disturbance when aircraft flew overhead. Wilkin’s contribution to the development of radar was immense and his calculations proved the feasibility of radar which was then proved by the Daventry Experiment in February 1935.

This is Arnold Wilkin’s AVO meter, presented to him on his retirement and is one of the very special items in the museum.


Arnold Wilkins

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12 Days of Radar – Day One