Watch­ing brief

Pilot - - NEW REGS -

The mod­i­fi­ca­tion in the re­stored Brit­ten-nor­man Is­lan­der G-DLRA’S type des­ig­na­tion refers to a large, bul­bous radome un­der its nose which, rather un­kindly, led to the nick­name Fly­ing Platypus. This con­tained a Fer­ranti multi-mode all-weather radar to eval­u­ate the Army’s re­quire­ment for an air­borne stand-off radar to mon­i­tor en­emy troop move­ments. Even­tu­ally, this led to the Bom­bardier Chal­lenger-based RAF Sen­tinel, which came too late for the Cold War and was due to be stood down af­ter the Afghanistan con­flict, only for in­creased Euro­pean ten­sions to earn it a re­prieve.

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