In his book "USN F-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War 1964-68," Peter Davies writes: "Rear Admiral Smoke' Wilson recalled; We had just installed radar warning receivers in our airplanes - a real "Rube Goldberg" set-up (the Singer CMR 312 "Little Ears' aural system), but it worked. In order to get the capability to have a warning that a SAM radar had locked on, the troops fastened an aluminum bracket on the RIOs glare shield and installed a navigation system antenna on it. It was plugged into a 24-volt utility receptacle. With a phone jack patched in, the high-pitched "deedle-deedle-deedle" that said "Look out! Theres a SAM coming your way!" would be heard by both. John Nash remembered that Little Ears' lasted about two weeks in VF-213 in 1966, although it was in VF-161's F-4Bs in July of that year when a MiG kill credited to Lt Bill McGuigan and Ltjg) Bob Fowler. Nash recalled, They wanted to put it on the RIO's helmet and have him turn his head and scan. They looked pretty queer in the back with those things on. It was effective, but strictly directional and the RIOs were too busy to do that. The device was attached to the canopy by suction cups, with a Y-shaped lead to the RIO's helmet to the provide limited general warning of a SAM launch somewhere in the area."
17 MAR 2014 - Original Post
03 JUL 2018 - Updated with information from Peter Davies Book.
Wild Weasel - The SAM Suppression Story by Larry Davis
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- USN F-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War 1964-68, by Peter Davies