|by Paul Holden, PRO|
19 August 2003
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
At their August meeting in the clubhouse at Fairoaks Airport, Woking Branch members of the Aircrew Association were pleased to welcome Don Lowe, who had recently moved into the area from Kent, after a career spanning Canberras, Vulcans and Valiants, instructing on Vampires and Meteors, conducting weapons trials in Australia, and tours in Turkey, Canada and the MOD. Also appearing for the first time was Charles Greggor, who joined the RAFVR in 1943 via the Edinburgh University Air Squadron, and retired in 1947 after serving as a Navigator on Mosquitoes.
By the stereoscopic use of overlapping photographs routinely provided by photo-reconnaissance missions, they were able to determine the height of objects on the ground - and thereby could often discriminate between dummy targets and the real thing, and could mitigate to some extent the effects of camouflage designed to hide the location of military installations.
During the 1950s, radar was used to supplement aerial photography, and more
recent use of Satellite Surveillance, and Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAVs) has
changed the role of photographic interpreters, who are now known as "image
analysts". The speaker hoped that they would not be kept in the dark as much as
he was during his time in photo reconnaissance about the intelligence which
they were helping to pick up by a great deal of painstaking and often