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U.S. Air Force Recruitment  - Precision Approach Radar
March 1961 American Modeler

March 1961 American Modeler

March 1961 American ModelerTable of Contents

These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.

This is pretty cool. A recruitment ad for the U.S. Air Force appeared in the March 1961 issue of American Modeler magazine showing the type of precision approach radar (PAR) that I worked on while in the service. It was part of the AN/MPN−14 Landing Control Central system which was a mobile combat unit consisting of airport surveillance radar (ASR) and PAR primary radar, a TPX−42 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) synthetic radar, an AN/GPA−131 data mapper, and AN/ARC−? VHF/UHF radios. Alignment of the display for glide slope (top) and course line (bottom), and mile markers, was a complicated procedure involving twisting multiple interdependent control knobs until the sweeps met with a template. It was not a raster type sweep like a vintage CRT television, but like an old fashioned oscilloscope sweep instead where x-y data was fed to the deflection coils along with an intensity signal.

U.S. Air Force Ad

U.S. Air Force Recruitment - Precision Approach Radar, March 1961 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and Rockets"Zero-five-seven ...

you are

fifty feet above

glide path ...

increase your

rate of descent ...

you are now

on course,

on glide path ...


touchdown point ...

take over

visually for

landing and

contact tower."

You May Handle A Situation Like This ...

If you measure up to the Aerospace Team

The man in command of this situation is an Air Force Ground Control Approach Radar Technician. And those "blips" on the glide paths of his radar screen represent an aircraft coming down blind through bad weather. This is the kind of man whose dependable skill and calm judgment make him a key member of the Aerospace Team ... he is the kind of man who can meet the qualifications of the U. S. Air Force.

Are you that man?

As a trained and experienced Air Force technician, you will have an opportunity to build a career for yourself in the Aerospace Age - the age of air and space travel. Such a career offers you valuable training and education, steady advancement and an assured future.

If you are the kind of young man who could learn to handle situations of increasing responsibilities, we of the Air Force would like to talk to you. If you are interested, just clip and mail this coupon.

U.S. Air Force

There's a place for tomorrow's leaders on the Aerospace Team

Paste Coupon on Postcard and Mail to:

 Airman Information, Dept. HM13, Box 7608, Washington 4, D. C.

Please send me more information on my opportunities in the U.S. Air Force. I am between the ages of 17-34 and reside in U.S.A. or possessions.

Name _______________________

Address ________________________

City ___________________ Zone _______ County _______ State _______



Posted September 25, 2021

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