Museum displays missile alert system

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April 09, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A NEW EXHIBIT has been added at the Historical Electronics Museum in Linthicum, thanks in part to some Old Crows.

Through the combined efforts of the Chesapeake Bay Roost of the Association of Old Crows (a group that takes its name from a World War II program known as Project Raven), the U.S. Logistic Command and several Air Force officers, the museum has been able to assemble and display an AN/APR-38 Warning and Control System.

AN/APR-38 is the standard designation for Army Navy/Airborne Passive Receiver -- and it is a nice addition to a museum dedicated to the preservation and display of electronic technology, with an emphasis on radar, encoding equipment and communications.

"The AN/APR-38 was a development that went a long way toward leveling the playing field in that it provided the `Wild Weasel' air crews information as to the location and status of the hostile SAMs [surface-to-air missiles]," said John McCarty, exhibit coordinator.

McCarty said the display demonstrates why the receiver was a major advancement during the Vietnam War. The AN/APR-38 was the United States' response after the Russians began to supply the North Vietnamese with SAMs.

The AN/APR-38 display is in the Electronic Countermeasures Gallery of the museum.

The museum is operated by a nonprofit corporation and is at 1745 W. Nursery Road, next to the Marriott Hotel. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Information: Jeffrey Buchheit, museum director, at 410-765-3803.

New ambassador to Europe

For three weeks this summer, 15-year-old April Parsons will be a student ambassador in France, Spain, Germany and Switzerland.

April, a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Linthicum, was among 24 Maryland students chosen as United States representatives by the People to People Program, a nonprofit organization started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.

The funds for the trip are her responsibility, and a bull roast to help her raise the money is planned. The date for the affair has been changed to April 29. It will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Country Club Hall on Paul Marr Drive in Glen Burnie.

April is a sophomore at Glen Burnie High School. She takes Advanced Placement classes and is on the principal's honor roll. She is a member of the Student Government Association, and plays field hockey and varsity lacrosse. She also works after school as a math tutor and baby-sitter.

To be eligible for the People to People Program, a student must be recommended by his school or be a former ambassador. After she received a recommendation, April wrote an essay and got supporting letters from three teachers. She also was interviewed by a representative of People to People.

According to a letter to April sent by People to People, the program seeks to provide an opportunity for people from different countries to meet and get to know each other as individuals.

"It is hoped that learning different cultures will promote world peace," the letter said.

Since being chosen, April has attended monthly meetings with the 23 other Maryland high school students, studied current events in the countries she will visit and tried to pick up a little of the languages.

The daughter of Cynthia and Fred Parsons of Glen Burnie, she is a member of the youth group at St. John Lutheran and has acted as a church youth leader at weekend retreats for middle school pupils. She plans to become a teacher.

Tickets for the bull roast are $20. Music will be provided.

For information or tickets, call April or her mother at 410-766- 6008. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Church dinner

Friendship Church of the Brethren at 217 Mansion Road is having a traditional spaghetti dinner from 4: 30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children ages 4-12. Those younger than age 4 are admitted free.

Tickets will be available at the door, and carryouts are available. Information: 410-789-2422.

Quilters meeting

Kathy Fowler will bring her trunk show with miniature quilts and dolls in an appearance as guest speaker for a meeting of the Friendship Quilters at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.

Fowler's program will begin after the 7 p.m. business session.

Refreshments will be served. Information: Lynne Kampe, 410-766-6010.

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