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Washington DC ATC...Confidential?

Mon Jan 15, 2001 12:54 pm

On a recent tour of ATC at Washington National, my inquiry on the colored screen (that I assumed was some form of radar) was answered by a "Its Confidential, I cannot discuss that..."

So guys...What do you think? Any ideas...OOOOh!
Thanks is advance!
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RE: Washington DC ATC...Confidential?

Mon Jan 15, 2001 1:02 pm

Give more details,

What do you mean by colored screen?

Sounds juicy!
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RE: Washington DC ATC...Confidential?

Mon Jan 15, 2001 1:11 pm

Its hard to say...the controller giving me the tour was quick to change the subject, directing my attention else where. All I can say is this...

It was what appeared to be a radar "station" as one would find in any tracon, yet it was located towards the center of the control tower cab at DCA. It had a large flat screen...with no evident radar bar that circled to update the screen. It was IN COLOR...I may have seen small a/c symbols also in color...

I know the details are sketchy...my assumption is that it has to do with the President and his helicopter, or the Pentagon. I am sure someone from the forumn has some inside juice.
Thanks in advance. Josh
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RE: Washington DC ATC...Confidential?

Mon Jan 15, 2001 2:06 pm

My guess is it would be an AEGIS radar system. It's used aboard USN ships, it is the most potent missile defense system ever developed. It has large colored screens. Just a guess.
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