NORAD and the Soviet Nuclear Threat: Canada's Secret Electronic Air War

NORAD and the Soviet Nuclear Threat: Canada's Secret Electronic Air War


By (author) Gordon Wilson

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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 235mm x 20mm | 660g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Chalford
  • ISBN 10: 1445602636
  • ISBN 13: 9781445602639
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,461,406

Product description

NORAD and the Soviet Nuclear Threat is the history of the air defence of Canada during the Cold War era. The reader is taken into the Top Secret world of NORAD, the joint Canadian-American North American Air Defence network. Ride along with the aircrew in their cockpit as they fight an electronic joust in the skies. Go deep underground to the Command Centre as the Air Weapons controllers plot the air war on their radar screens. Visit the radar sites deep in the Canadian bush as they struggle to provide the radar data for an electronic air battle happening overhead. An actual NORAD exercise on 10 May 1973, called Amalgam Mute, is used as an example. This exercise tested that NORAD was honouring its motto: Deter, Detect, Destroy, and was protecting North America from aerial threat. There is an extensive explanation of the aircraft, squadrons, weapons, radar and radar sites involved. Included are two exclusive personal accounts of the first interception of a Soviet 'Bear' bomber off the coast of Canada, and the first Canadian fighter interceptor pilot to win the coveted United States Air Force 'Top Gun' award.

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Author information

Captain Gordon A. A. Wilson began his aviation career as an 'Airspotter', started an Aeronautical Engineering course and then, deciding to 'fly 'em rather than design 'em', he joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a pilot. He flew a tour in the 1970s with 414 Electronic Warfare 'Black Knight' Squadron, which provided target aircraft in secret missions to test the defences of North America. Subsequently, he flew thirty years for a major airline. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.