Thomas G. Goduto Interview, 20 February 2001
|INT:||Well, since you're a navigator, can you explain what systems were on that aircraft?|
|TG:||No, I was a navigator, but with different kind of equipment in my navigator training then when we went to B-52's. I would not be the person to ask about that.|
|INT:||Well, for example, how many radar systems were on board?|
|TG:||There was one radar system, but it had the several different modes. But there were 2 scopes off the same radar. In fact you'd hear the antenna of the radar sectoring, 'Boom, boom, boom' back and forth when the radar was looking in different directions and different scan rates. Under the floor of the nose of the airplane there was a big ray dome up there that if they were to work on that radar antenna, they would drop this ray dome up there and then it made the airplane look kind of funny because you'd lose the shape of the airplane. So it was under the pilots, but the guts and workings of the radar were further back in the airplane. I'm just talking about the antenna.|
|INT:||Could it see behind the aircraft?|
|TG:||I wouldn't be able to tell you what the limitations of being able to see behind the airplane were, but if there was something right behind the airplane, we had radar for that, but it was the gunner's. Normally anybody that was gonna pursue the airplane and shoot at us would end up behind us in order to do that, so the gunner's radar pointed to the rear of the airplane. Um...but the aircraft's radar would not be able to see directly behind or at the same level. Now out in front of us it could see a little higher than the plane of the aircraft, but not a whole lot.
But it was a pretty good radar in that I think where we were, I was telling you that there was 2 radar scopes, and the radar navigator, who's the bombardier, or the more accomplished navigator his scope was probably at least a foot wide. It was rather large and it had good resolution, and he could see his scope very well. Now the navigator had a repeater scope that was smaller in sizemaybe 6-8 inches. So there were 2 scopes downstairs, but whatever was on one was on the other. The radar navigatorhe had all the bombing equipment, and the navigator had navigational equipment.
The radar navigator was an experienced navigator who was upgraded into that position. Two guys could both navigate. One guy, especially if the guy in the right seat, the navigator wasn't real experienced, he couldn't drop a bomb and do some of the stuff that the radar navigator could do. But he eventually learned it, 'cause he's sitting this far from the guy, you