PROJECT ‘REDBIRD’

The use of infra-red technology to detect moving targets is today a staple for military aircraft, but it was in its infancy during the Korean War, when US Air Force B-26C Invaders tested the concept in combat

This ‘Redbird’ Invader is getting the final check-up for a mission to be flown after dark out of K-8, otherwise known as Kunsan Air Base, in March 1953.
CORKY SUMNER VIA WARREN E. THOMPSON
The ‘Redbird’ B-26C that probably amassed the most combat time in Korea is 41-39401, coded Mc after engineer Demetro ‘Mac’ Cavitch, a key figure in the project. This aircraft is still extant, in the ownership of Kermit Weeks in Florida.
SIGMUND ALEXANDER VIA WARREN E. THOMPSON

They ordered all of them to stop smoking as Jones lined up for another pass. This time they could not pick up any heat signatures, so the system had detected the heat from lit cigarettes

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