Aircraft Electronic Warfare: A Memoir by a Project Engineer

John Edward Waters
Project Engineer, Toms River, NJ, USA

Series: Aircraft and Avionics Research and Technology – New in 2019
BISAC: TEC002000



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There are many books written by editors about Electronic Warfare. This book is written by an author about his Electronic Warfare systems projects, tasks and stories.

He was a project engineer for Electronic Warfare systems for more than twenty five years and a consulting engineer for other systems for five years.

The book contains 61 stand-alone chapters with 63 illustrations and 35 stand-alone addenda without illustrations.

There are chapters that report his special projects with the Joint Special Operations Command, the Space & Missile Systems Center, NASA, the Navy SEALS, the CIA, the Army Delta Force, and the Army Missile Command.

His actions as an undercover agent for a national crime fighting agency are mentioned. He explains why he expedited a contract award for 2,000 radar locator systems, (AN/APR-39), then had them installed in Army helicopters before the possible start of World War III.

An invitation to visit the White House then a productive outcome as a result of that meeting. A second invitation when his daughter was a White House volunteer. His trip to Thailand to evaluate the USAF latest radar warning receiver for possible use on Army fixed wing aircraft. He explains why he was not allow to deplane after landing in Vietnam. His proposal for a barrier on the Mexican border.

A few stories about his son Colonel John (Jay) Waters. One includes Jay’s story about when he was on the general’s staff in Afghanistan. The unique action taken by their general that stopped the mortar firings into Bagram Army base.

A story about his friend Leonard Lomell, who a historian called the person most responsible for the success in the D-Day invasion. Second only to General Eisenhower. A ten-day visit to the Normandy beaches and cemeteries with Jay when he was the military head of Arlington National Cemetery and all world-wide Army cemeteries.

Nap-of-the-Earth flight tests while flying over the Chesapeake Bay. My pilot was a POW in North Vietnam. What he told me about Jane Fonda.

A flight test across the Fulda Gap in Germany to detect enemy radars. What his pilot told him about a young couple who tried to cross the border. Then a flight test along the DMZ in North Korea and a special test in England against a new radar.

A report about a helicopter unable to return to the airport due to a dense fog. How his on board radar locator assisted the pilot to return to the airport.

When Ayatollah Khomeini became the ruler of Iran, students attacked the American Embassy. They held many Americans prisoners. We attempted a rescue mission, but two of our aircrafts collided in the Iranian desert and the mission was aborted. The world knew about that failed mission, but the world never knew about the second United States rescue mission. He was a technical advisor for the second rescue mission. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Association of Old Crows

Chapter 2. Chaff in World War II

Chapter 3. D-Day Painting

Chapter 4. SGT Leonard Lomell Hero

Chapter 5. Pointe du Hoc

Chapter 6. Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Chapter 7. White House Two Invitations to Visit

Chapter 8. U-2 Aircraft

Chapter 9. High- and Low-Altitude Aircraft

Chapter 10. Missile Alert Special Test

Chapter 11. Rotary Fan with Special Test Equipment

Chapter 12. Canada Briefing

Chapter 13. First Integrated Circuit at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

Chapter 14. Radar Signal Detector AN/APR-39

Chapter 15. Two Radar Signals Detected and Countered

Chapter 16. Control Panel and Indictor of the AN/APR-39

Chapter 17. Woman in the AN/APR-39 Photo

Chapter 18. Fast Patrol Boat

Chapter 19. AN/APR-39 installed on a Navy SEALs FPB

Chapter 20. American Embassy in Iran Missions 1 and 2

Chapter 21. Block Diagram of the AN/APR-39

Chapter 22. V1 and V2 Models of the AN/APR-39

Chapter 23. OH-6 Helicopter Flight Test and Vietnam

Chapter 24. Small Pencil and Pre-Flight Check Out

Chapter 25. Chaff and Flare Dispenser on an Aircraft

Chapter 26. Dual Dispenser on an Aircraft

Chapter 27. Russian Gun Dish Radar System

Chapter 28. Current Gun Dish

Chapter 29. Soviet SA-7 Heat-Seeker Missile in Vietnam

Chapter 30. Soviet SA-2 Radar Missile System in Vietnam

Chapter 31. My Cruise Missile Jammer for Space and Missile Systems Center and Strategic Defense Initiative

Chapter 32. Current Russian Jammer

Chapter 33. Flight Line Tests at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, N.J.

Chapter 34. Radar Jammer dropped from aircraft in Korea

Chapter 35. In-Board Jammer

Chapter 36. Velocity-Timed Fuse Jammer

Chapter 37. Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II

Chapter 38. Top Secret meeting in Secure Compartment Information Facility

Chapter 39. Firefinder AN/TPQ-36 in Afghanistan

Chapter 40. Firefinder AN/TPQ-37

Chapter 41. Old Crow Figurine

Chapter 42. Cold-Weather Test and Briefings in Alaska

Chapter 43. Slingshot

Chapter 44. Undercover Agent for a Government agency

Chapter 45. Visit to Vietnam and Thailand

Chapter 46. Joint Special Operations Command programs

Chapter 47. Germany and Germans

Chapter 48. No Spare Parts or Aircraft Fuel

Chapter 49. Fort Rucker Aviation Center Complaint

Chapter 50. My Navigation Aid for Emergencies

Chapter 51. Italian Fascism

Chapter 52. Vietnam Urgency

Chapter 53. Flight Test in England vs New Radar

Chapter 54. Explosive Demonstration

Chapter 55. Honduras Briefing

Chapter 56. Panama Canal Zone Briefing

Chapter 57. Night Vision Goggles

Chapter 58. Pearl Harbor

Chapter 59. COL Jay Waters’ Retirement

Chapter 60. My Retirement

Chapter 61. Post Retirement

"In the modern history of nations, Electronic Warfare has changed the outcomes of battles seen and unseen. John Waters shares the seldom told insider view of Electronic Warfare and his role in the Fort Monmouth Electronic Warfare Laboratory. John's style is 'matter of fact'. It is amazing the influence his work has had on international events. The reader will gain a respect for how an engineer can change history one breakthrough device at a time." - Mr. Fredrick Carl, COO, InfoAge Museum and Science Center 

“What I liked the most was the author's constant innovation. It did not have to be a complex solution, it just had to work and get it to the warfighters. For some of the engineers at Electronic Warfare Laboratory it is a job, to a very few it is a quest, a mission, a calling that never ends. There is always one more threat, one more evil that has to be addressed. John Waters is truly one of the “Knights of the Ether” and I am honored to call him a friend." - Raymond A. Irwin, Chief Engineer, Army Electronic Warfare Laboratory

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