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This device known as a "proximity fuze," or VT (variable timing) fuse was produced by the Raytheon Manufacturing Company, parts which were made in Greenfield, Massachusetts plant, during World War II (WWII). It is a miniature radar set and is utilized to detonate artillery and anti-aircraft projectiles in close proximity to the target. Shown here is a complete variable timing (VT) fuze assembly and a cut-away display model, which shows miniature radio tubes. This technology was considered the third most critical secret program of WWII and dramatically tipped the advantage to the U. S. during the war.

 

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Components of a Proximity Fuze made by Raytheon Manufacturing Company during WWII

creator   Raytheon Manufacturing Company
date   1941-1945
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   1.75"
height   8.0"
process/materials   aluminum
item type   Tools/Mechanical Tools & Equipment
accession #   #M.54


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Identification Badge of a Raytheon Manufacturing Company worker during WWII

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Letter to Leon Weeks from Raytheon Company


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