June 2024

On this Day – 17th June 1935

On this day in 1935, the experimental radar station on the Suffolk Coast detected their first target, a Supermarine Scapa flying boat from the Seaplane Experimental Station at Felixstowe flying 17 miles from the coast. The team watched the plane on the radar display before it disappeared to the south. Robert Watson Watt then called the station at Felixstowe and informed them, much to their surprise, that he was aware of the plane landing.

The success of this work meant that research into sound-based detection systems was stopped. Many consider this the date that radar was first demonstrated in Britain.

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On this Day – 17th June 1935