Radar Man: A Personal History of Stealth

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iUniverse, Oct 7, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
During the 1950s, the United States and the Soviet Union teetered on the brink of nuclear devastation. Americas hope for national security relied solely upon aerial reconnaissance. Radar Man is the fascinating memoir of a physicist who, with his colleagues, developed the stealth technology that eventually created radar-invisible aircraft. Edward Lovick shares a compelling story from the perspective of an enthusiastic scientist that highlights his pioneering experiences in an innovative, secret world as he helped create stealth aircraft such as the A-12 OXCART, SR-71 Blackbird, and F-117 Nighthawk. From the moment in 1957 when Lockheeds famous aircraft designer Clarence L. 'Kelly' Johnson invited Lovick to join his Skunk Works, Lovick details how he helped the CIA eventually perform vital, covert reconnaissance flights over Soviet-held territory during the Cold War, saved Lockheed ADPs A-12 from cancellation, and provided key design input to the SR-71 and F-117. Lovicks autobiography describing his career as an engineering physicist in the Skunk Works not only draws attention to the insurmountable challenges that accompanied the task of developing radar-invisible aircraft, but also the importance of the monumental task these young scientists fulfilledall with the hope of creating a secure future for their beloved country.
 

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Contents

Airplanesan Early Love
6
Early Radio Experiments
12
Formation of Young Engineers
16
Lockheed at Last
24
Radio and Radar Installation
26
Electronic Test Equipment Group
30
Naval Ordnance Test Station Inyokern
36
In the Navy
42
Anechoic Chamber Evolution
170
Derivatives and Developments
174
The F117 Doing It with Mirrors
184
ADP Preliminary Design Group Activities
204
The Sea Shadow
210
Stellar Engineers Incognito and Influential People
220
Afterword
226
Smith Charts and ZTheta Charts
230

University of Illinois
46
Return to Lockheed
52
Modern Antenna Laboratory
64
AWACS and Kelly Johnson
78
Into the Skunk Worksthe U2
82
The A12 Competition Stealth and Speed
114
That Fateful Meeting
124
A12 RCS Fullscale Demonstration
126
The A12 OXCART
136
LMSC Missile and Satellite Testing
166
Analogies and Graphical Aids
234
EIC Antenna Directivity
238
Military Radar Frequency Bands
242
Outside U2 Historical Studies
244
Salisbury Screen Design
246
Magic Tee
252
Resistivity Measurements
256
Index
266
References
272
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About the author (2010)

Edward Lovick Jr. enjoyed a successful fifty-year career working as an engineer and physicist for Lockheed, Douglas Aircraft, and Northrop Aircraft. He also served as an instructor in the United States Navy Radio and Radar Technicians’ School during World War II. Now retired, he lives in Northridge, California, with his wife and their two Weimaraners.

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