|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1923|
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 1999|
Dr. Rogers worked for MIT at their Lincoln Labs when the Lab was doing research and development on the radar that would become part of the "Dew Line", the radar net across the top of North America. The radar was to detect incomming Missles and give Cheyanne Mountain (NORAD)15 Minutes notice of a NUKE attack: however that is not what he is famous for.
When the CIA was overflying denied territory over Russia with the U-2, the Russian Military was able to track as soon as the aircraft approached the border. The CIA wanted to put a cloak around the plane to make it stealthy. Because Rogers was a recognized radar expert he was asked for help. Dr. Rogers came up with a special paint coating that helped slightly: however the U-2 never became completly Stealthy. By the time the A-12/SR-71 came along, Rogers was working on airframe "shapes" as well as paint coating and the two concepts aided each other and improved stealth. The A-12/SR-71 with it`s speed and stealth was never intercepted or shot down. Dr. Rogers and the Blackbird both retired with a sterling record.
Created by: LAWRENCE HEIDLEBAUGH
Record added: Oct 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79420799
Added: Nov. 28, 2011