It is the mid-1930s and the storm clouds of WWII are forming in Germany. This film charts the work of Robert Watson Watt, the pioneer of Radar, and his hand-picked team of eccentric yet brilliant meteorologists as they struggle to turn the concept of Radar into a workable reality. Hamstrung by a tiny budget, seemingly insurmountable technical problems and even a spy in the camp, Watson Watt also has to deal with marital problems as he chases his dream. By 1939, Watson Watt and his team have developed the world's first Radar system along the south east coast of England - a system that, in 1940, will prove pivotal in winning the Battle of Britain. Written by
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The aircraft in the initial test is of the right era but the wrong type - it looks like a de Havilland Rapide, while it should be a Handley Page Heyford, something in which the film makers had little choice, since not a single example of a Heyford survives, flying or not. See more
Early in the film,in a scene set in 1935 , a British Air Ministry official is looking at photos of Luftwaffe aircraft. Photos of a Heinkel 111 ,Junkers 87 Stuka and Messerschmitt 109 are shown. Prototypes of these planes were flying in 1935 but the photos depict much later versions of the aircraft. For example the Stuka is a Junkers 87-G version with under-wing cannons which didn't appear till 1943. See more