Citations:scope dope

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  • 1964 March, C. P. Gilmore, “I Was Shot Down by an American Jet”, Popular Mechanics, page 111: 
    The ship had one big handicap—me. Normally, the navigator is also the EWO—Electronics Warfare Officer, or in pilots' language, the scope dope. He manipulates the ECM equipment to throw interceptors off the scent.
  • 1991, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, The Mote in God's Eye, Simon and Schuster, page 425–426:
    Possibly not even the Admiral, as he seemed always to be on the bridge, watching the screens like any scope dope, perpetually looking for Motie treachery.
  • 1999, Laurie Lee Weinstein, Gender Camouflage, NYU Press, page 57:
    I was transferred to a radar detachment and made a "scope dope," which means sitting in front of a small, circular, green screen for hours watching nothing, as a dial winds around and mesmerizes you.
  • 2009, Gene Kranz, Failure Is Not an Option, Simon and Schuster, page 159:
    Gerry Griffin was an experienced Lockheed Agena engineer and in the military flew as a "scope dope" (radar and weapons officer) in the supersonic McDonnell F-101 Voodoo interceptor.
  • 2011, Michael Cassutt, Missing Man, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, page 13:
    "Nice touch, for a scope dope," Buehrle said. The term was hardly a compliment, coming from a pilot, but Mark was proud of his time as a satellite controller. It was one of the jobs that had gotten him hired by NASA, after all.