Historical Electronics Museum, Inc. - History of the Nation's Defense Electronics
History of Radar

Many extraordinary electronic devices and systems were developed in a very short time starting in the 1930’s. As war became imminent, scientists and engineers worked with government agencies to rush development of technical methods of detecting enemy ships and aircraft that had been studied at a much slower pace since the 1920’s. Many of today’s systems still are using basic techniques developed during this time. The high technologies developed then ultimately led to today’s TV broadcasting, satellite communications, cell phones and, weather radar.

In This Exhibit:
  • learn how the British built a radar to detect enemy aircraft in the late 1930's
  • see the type of radar that detected the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
  • see the American radar-controlled anti-aircraft gun that fired shells packed with electronics to shoot down the buzz bombs launched against London in World War II
  • see descriptions of Allied and German radars used in World War II
when radar was developed


The National Electronics Museum is organized into thirteen related exhibit galleries:
1. Fundamentals Gallery
2. Communications Gallery
3. Early Radar Gallery
4. Cold War Radar Gallery
5. Modern Radar Gallery
6. Countermeasures Gallery
7. Under Seas Gallery
8. Electro-optical Gallery
9. Space Sensor Gallery
10. Past Gallery
11. Web Gallery
12. WWII Radar Kiosk
13. Cold War Radar Kiosk

Click here for an Adobe pdf showing the gallery layout

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