National Geographic : 1965 Sep
detect enemy radar and jam it with a bagful of secret tricks. In his earphones each kind of enemy radar plays a different tune. A warble means that acquisition radar is searching for the bomber. The EWO can confuse the enemy by dropping chaff, like Christmas tinsel, that fills their radar screens with blips. Or he can send out false signals to alter their radar waves. Other radar sounds are more ominous. If the EWO hears "bagpipes," he knows that an enemy interceptor is on its way, guided by information from the ground via a radio sys tem we call data-link. If he hears something resembling squeaky wagon wheels, enemy fire control is about to launch an antiaircraft missile. And if he hears a high-pitched whine, he knows that the missile is on its way-time for urgent evasive action by the bomber. When our B-52 landed back at Ellsworth, 81/2 hours and 4,000 miles after take-off, dawn was breaking. For me it had been an awesome venture into another world. But for the crew, .E KT ACHROMESBY EMORYKRISTOF© N.G.S.