RAF Changi Tower 1947 RAF Changi Radar 1952

RAF Changi 1947

from Barry Davidson, photo dated 1947.


Changi Radar 52small

Barry Davidson provided the photo – more info would be great. It looks a bit like  so called light warning radars but with a more sophisticated aerial. If it is a light warning radar it would be one of the 11 marks of the AMES 6 radar.

Changi 1953

Barry has now found this second Changi picture, described “RAF Changi 1953 ATC Radar Trucks”. The trucks are RAF. The tripod on the left seems to have a powered rotator and may be the same mechanism as is concealed in the canvas shelter in the photo above. The CMP pattern truck on the right seems to be fitted with aerials and the open sides suggest maybe a generator or transmitter truck. There is another similar truck parked at right angles behind the first and two or three trucks or trailers with metal or wood (rather than canvas) backs – ops room, workshops etc? The vehicle on the left seems to have a roof rack to store aerial poles, masts etc.

xm490 brittania Changi

RAF Bristol Britannia XM490 with a much later tower in the background


from Barry Davidson

an early photo showing the gorgeous art deco terminal and old tower


First C-130K 3 JF

John Faulkner has provided this later shot showing the first RAF Hercules, delivered to Marshall’s of Cambridge to paint and fit out for RAF service.

EGCC Manchester (Ringway) Airport ATC, Manchester sub-ACC, PATCRU

From Phil Holt, he’s  recently come across these four photos. He thought it timely as MACCVETS are going to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the closure of MACC on 22nd January.

It is a little “off topic” being shots of the VCR, but this VCR cab has now passed into history twice over, first when the old VCR cab was replaced by a much higher, bigger one. Second when the VCR was abandoned in favour of a new stand-alone tower on the West side. That was inevitable on the closure of MACC as Apc Rad survived a few years in the old 4th floor but is all self-contained now in the new facility.

General description: A set of photos from ex Manchester ATCO Phil Holt. Taken, it is thought around 1992/3 and features the VCR that dates from the early 1960’s. It is “D” watch on duty. As always, feedback is valued to get accuracy.

Here are the descriptions of each photo:



A general shot looking SW across all desks. An ATC unit is not complete without the plastic strip basket! Original windows and frames that rattled when a BAC 1-11 (and Concorde!) took off on full water methane power!



Occupied the easterly (left) side of the VCR, as the prevailing wind meant the usual rwy in use was 24 (now 23 right!). Nearest the camera, ATSA John Dale (not to be confused with John Dale ATCO, who, for identification purposes, was named John Dale Quebec!). AIR ATCO is Phil Holt. Note shirts, ties and jackets! Next to John’s computer screen is the “emergency desk” where a spare ATCO would come and plug in. On the desk are 2 clips – one for notams and one for met warnings

Air Desk 2


On the right is the “(Not so) touch sensitive” lighting panel which often required 3 or 4 presses on the dark circles to light up a section of greens (just what you don’t want in complex LVP conditions!). Note that it stops at the northern edge of pier C (terminal 2 was under construction at the time). When it opened we got a new lighting panel! The air controller had a smaller panel to work the CAT 1 or 2/3 stop bars. Note the emergency grab boards above the anemometer dials complete with china graph propelling pencil. The upside down strip holder is to notify “Woodford Active” and had a slider to display their rwy in use. Above it is the ATM – what a difference from the old “DFTI”!



Still well positioned with a good view out across the 3 piers of Terminal 1 (domestic pier A, international pier B, and the “new” pier C constructed in 2 parts, the latter having a “satellite” added at the end and the IDLEX (International departure lounge Extension) added alongside the existing terminal. Not so with Terminal 2, (behind you!). So the decision was made to take this VCR down, put in a plinth and build up a new layout. Nearest the camera, GMC ATSA Pauline Winter. GMC ATCO, we think, is Alan Steele, guesting from either B or E watch.

For a snapshot of Manchester in  1984 (no second runway and the old sub centre still in operation) click on ATC at Manchester International Airport Brochure 1984

and courtesy of Paul Eite via Steve Balfour is a 1985 staff roll


Steve Balfour has added several comments to this post that help identify quite a few people in the photographs. I’ve also added a pdf document about the engineering changes at Manchester over the years. There is a link to the CAA retired staff association in the text, their current web site in 2015 is http://www.caa-rsa.org.uk/

for the engineering changes doc, click on  MCR Memories

Steve has also obtained from Manchester Library the following eight photos of Manchester tower and ATC between the late 30s and early  50s

early CC (4)CC0a 1957

CC 1950CC0b 1950

early CC (1)CC0c

_05_1957 L copyCC0cc 1957

CC 1950_2CC0d 1950

CC 1938CC0e 1938

_1950s LCC0ee 1957

Steve tells me that the 1950s panoramic shot featuring the Aerovan, (1950s L), is courtesy of Mark Williams, who runs ‘Ringway Publications’. Mark also provided the 1952 aerial shot, which was taken by ‘Airviews’, a company with a long connection to EGCC.

CC1957CC0f 1957

_27.04.57CC0ff 1957

The aircraft above is Miles Aerovan G-AISF. Meridian Air Maps operated Aerovan 4 G-AISF on aerial survey work from October 1955 until it crashed on takeoff from Manchester (Ringway) on 29 April 1957. The accident killed the pilot Jean Lennox Bird and two passengers. Jean Lennox Bird was the first woman to be awarded full Royal Air Force pilot’s wings, in 1952. Jean learnt to fly in 1930, aged 18, and served as a delivery pilot during the Second World War. She flew types such as Wellington bombers, Spitfires, Dakotas and Hurricanes. After the War, she qualified as a flying instructor, and earned her RAF pilot’s wings. She later became a civilian commercial pilot.

early CC (2)CC0g

early CC (3)CC0h 1957

and has followed them up with a few more

Steve says he thinks the history of EGCC is divided into 11 or 12 distinct ‘phases’. These are more photographs showing the ATC facility at Ringway, (which was a building comprising the first passenger terminal, ATC and a hangar), during the late 1930s. The airport opened fully on 25/06/1938.”

latest CC 1938 (1)CC0i

latest CC 1938 (3)CC0j

latest CC 1938 (4)CC0k

latest CC 1939CC0l 1939

The hangars were numbered L-R as 1, 2 and 3. They were there during the 1940s, as pictures show them camouflaged, and they survived until the 1958-62 tower was built.

from Barry Davidson

aEGCC 2_2






and Steve has found another five early Manchester tower/terminal photos



and a print of wartime Ringway from  both Barry Davidson and Steve Balfour


EGCC 1_1


12_05_1946CC0n 1946

12_07 1946CC0o 1946

1946 L from the SWCCOp 1946

1948 2LCC0q 1948

G-AGHL in the early BEA colours, would be named Lanoe Hawker after the WW1 RFC fighter pilot.

_EARLY 1950s LCC0r early 1950’s

_1952 LCC0s 1952

_EGCC 1950sCC0t 1950s

egcc airspace mapCC1

egcc atcas 9-59

CC1a from Les Tranter August 1959 ATCA and ATCO positions in the tower. Note the lighting panel under the desk

Lampson tubes were a pneumatic system that delivered containers around ATC containing flight orogress strips and weather information, notams etc.CC2

Lamson tubes were a pneumatic system that delivered containers around ATC containing flight progress strips and weather information, Notams etc.

PAR farleft, approach radar in shadows, approach procedural controller nearest - Martin Halverson of Jim Rogers perhapsCC3

PAR far left, approach radar in shadows, approach procedural controller nearest now identified as Don Binks – Steve Balfour.

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Manchester ATC Approach radar, controller Doug Handley?

now three views of the sub-centre dating the 80s (?) from Dave Smith. They are of Manchester TMA East sector when it was using mediator type flat screens and suites. Some names would be welcome. Those already received from Pete Hargreaves, Steve Balfour and John Pilling

Manch Sub-Centre 1

4a Sitting L-R Dennis Gabriel, Pete Holland, John Pilling standing.

Manch Sub-Centre 2

4b L-R Pete Holland, Jim Rankin and wings ATSA Kevin O’Grady.

Manch Sub-Centre 3

4c L-R Pete Holland the CSC, Dennis Gabriel. Andy Whittaker, (leather jacket) and another John Pilling

aEGCC 1_1

CC4d from Barry Davidson

Manch VCR

CC4e from Dave Smith. Photos originated with CAA PR dated 1988 and supposed to be “recent” photos. L-R Phil Jackson, Steve Bartley and John Harrington.

egcc control tower 2CC5

EGCC 1967

CC5a EGCC 1967 from Paul Funnell

CC - BEA Vanguard & Manchester Tower, 1967CC5a BEA Vanguard and Manchester Tower 1967


CC5b  1971 BUA HP7 GAVEZ


egcc control towerCC6

CC6a from Barry Davidson as are the next three

EGCC 1_2


EGCC 2_1


EGCC 2_2


egcc fitting monopulse radar headCC7

egcc more modern tower control positionCC8

The colour shot of the VCR shows the air controller’s position, occupied by ‘C’ Watch ATCO Alan Steele. (Ex EGPB).

The VCR shot is taken inside the new VCR cab that was added in the early 1990s to facilitate the visibility of Terminal 2. This was necessary as the 1962 VCR had a wall on it’s north side, behind which Manch’ approach was located. The new VCR was originally all on one level, as in this picture, but it was re-engineered sometime around The Millennium to accommodate the Air 1 and Air 2 positions required for Runway 2.

Steve Balfour

egcc new acc ops room maybe or simulatorCC9

The centre colour shot is the MACC ‘West Bank’. L-R ATSA Tony Jones, Co-ordinator, (green pen), Mike Molyneaux, Radar, James Russell, then an unidentified lady. The gentleman at the far right (on what was then the simulator), is believed to be the late Brian Smith – Steve Balfour

egcc new approach radar control in acc maybe simulatorCC10

The colour picture with the 17 on it is Bernard Curphey, (ex EGPH, ex CATC/EU ex 39 ATC Cadet Course, -(‘The Animals’), manning ‘Final Director’. Steve Balfour

Precision approach radar at Manchester (Talk Down)CC11 Type 2000 PAR

Precision approach radar at Manchester (Talk Down)

egcc patcru 2CC12

PATCRU - Preston Air Traffic Control Radar Unit located at manchester and provided lower level area radar services for the North.Took over form Antrobus at RNAS Streaton. Upper air servcie provided at various times by Northern radar at Hack Green and LindholmeCC13

PATCRU – Preston Air Traffic Control Radar Unit located at Manchester and provided lower level area radar services for the North. Took over from Antrobus at RNAS Stretton. Upper air service provided at various times by Northern radar at Hack Green and Lindholme

egcc simulator input display maybeCC14

egcc subcentre outbound west and sector 2CC15

egcc subcentre sectors 6 and 1CC16

Al Lewis, manager ATC manchester airport and sub-centre is seen accepting the new temporary Area training facility from Project Manager Keith Donald, Deputy Director of Projects (SCATCC and Manchester)CC17

Al Lewis, manager ATC Manchester airport and sub-centre is seen accepting the new temporary Area training facility from Project Manager Keith Donald, Deputy Director of Projects (SCATCC and Manchester)

the ATCOs are Bob Roalfe and Tony McAndrew, who were both active in IPCS/IPMS. Steve Balfour

egcc tower 1CC18

egcc tower 2CC19

egcc tower 3CC20

manchester tower CC21 1970

Manchester Runway Caravan & S264 Radar 1970s

CC22 Runway Caravan from Bryan Brough

NW 40

CC23 from Phil Holt

Taken close to GATCO’s 40th anniversary, somewhere in South East Manchester.

From left to right:

George Jones (last Centre Superintendent of PATCC), Phil Holt, Max Hundleby, Morris Hotchkin, Tim McKay, Gordon Butler, Pete Perry, Alex Patterson, ????? (did the last transmission from PATCC), ?????, Dave Schofield, Steve Balfour, Jack Day

Seated:  Nigel Green, Fiona Hough

No 8 Cadets board VC15 GASGC EGCC July 1967

CC24 the first of three photo from Paul Funnell showing members of No 8 course at EGCC 1967

No 8 Course tour hanger EGCC





CC27 the first of  three charts via Colin McKeeman, a landing chart for 1964.


CC27 and the first of two SID charts from 1976



LATCC West Drayton

The LATCC Brochure (Civil and Military ATS) LATCC West Drayton Brochure

porters wayLWD0

the view from Porters Way (Malcolm Hemmings)

now five new photos from Les Tranter


LWD0a  June 2nd 1970

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LWD0b  27 August 1970

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LWD0c  south face towards Porter’s Way  28 January 1971

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LWD0d Civil en-route Ops Room 9th February 1971

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LWD0e  Clacton Sector  Suite 28 January 1971.

“Note the vertical ‘Shrimp Boat’ dispenser between the two gents on the left! The shrimp boats were small pointed pieces of perspex on which one wrote the callsign in chinagraph, and then pushed them alongside the primary target in the absence of SSR (à la Battle of Britain). One pulled out a tiny drawer to dispense them. One problem with the shrimp boats was that some of the early conference tubes were slightly domed, and the shrimp boats would sail away towards the ashtrays. Despite widespread use in the US they didn’t last long at all in Mediator…!

I note that this photo was taken before ‘O’ date, the nightshift commencing 1945 on 31 Jan 71, an interesting evening…”Malcolm Hemming

 stage halfLWD1

Here we have the LATCC stage half with the ATCO II ‘D-Men’ (and women..) and the ATCO IV/ATCA II strip-bashers. FPRS is over by the window on the left, AO/DO in the middle, and the FIR tucked in the corner. South Bank A- and D-sides on the left, North Bank D- and A-sides on the right. Looks like Pete Wyre on the Desk. Radar and Procedural were combined into the Mediator Stage 1 Ops Room at the start of the nightshift  (1945hrs) on the evening of 31 January 1971. A few radar controllers remained at SATCC ‘North Side’ just in case, and watched with interest, but only until ‘last orders’ in the Peggy Bedford.

My beautiful pictureLWD2

My beautiful pictureLWD3

west drayton ops room 1LWD4

My beautiful pictureLWD5

My beautiful pictureLWD6


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LATCC Pole Hill sector 1990 Gordon SMETHURST Radar Dannt GOLDWATER standing John GILBERT CSC

LWD10a Gordon Smethurst on a Pole Hill sector radar position 1990

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south bank sectorLWD12

My beautiful pictureLWD13

My beautiful pictureLWD14

My beautiful pictureLWD15

CLacton suite LATCCLWD16

HUrn sector suiteLWD17

HUrn sectorLWD18

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DTY Sector with Willie(?) Griffiths sitting on right John A Baker

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Bob Rowland-Rouse Snr (R-cubed)  John Collier
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LWD23a a further selection of sector photographs from John Douglas

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above and below

the ‘spare suite’. Because radar is set up for Irish Sea/strip designators show SFD Sector/strips are test strips – callsign is XXXTWS1 – ‘XXX then initials of person initiating test’ – John A Baker
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Showing both FIR South (E&W) and separate FIR North. These pictures are after the FIR moved into the area behind the CLN sector. John A Baker

LATCC fir e and w

LWD27a and here  is another photo of FIR E&W courtesy of John Douglas


Flow Control



mediator suite hurn or latccLWD30

LWD30a at last some more TMS sectors photos via John Douglas who also provided the following three items



tma in routes

LWD30c TMA inbound routes

TMA other airfields

LWD30d TMA “other airfields”

sector radar controller LATCC or HurnLWD31

This is the SFD Sector radar position John A Baker

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the three 1 million photos below from Paul Funnell and others

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Skyport 10 Dec 1987



LWD33b (from Paul Funnell) the clocks awards to the duty team

strip printerLWD34

the CLN (rhandside) printer. John A Baker

strip stockLWD35

data extraction west draytonLWD36

Data Extraction Cell

flight progress stripsLWD37

Flight Progress Strips

Essential Support tasks in the Background

LATCC Simulation Services

LATCC sim servi ces (1)LWD38

LATCC sim servi ces (2)LWD39

LATCC sim servi ces (3)LWD40

LATCC sim servi ces (4)LWD41

LATCC sim servi ces (5)LWD42

Training section (in North building). Standing John Newman, sitting to his left is Paul Stroud. “I recognise the green/blue/red shirt !!”  – John A Baker)

LATCC sim servi ces (8)LWD43

Instructor is Clint Gurry (standing) John A Baker

LATCC sim servi ces (10)LWD44

Standing is Dermot ??  John A Baker

LATCC sim servi ces (9)LWD45

LATCC sim servi ces (7)LWD46

LATCC sim servi ces (11)LWD47

LATCC sim servi ces (12)LWD48

LATCC sim servi ces (6)LWD49

Enroute Charges

enroute charges (1)LWD50

enroute charges (2)LWD51

System Control

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LATCC system control


LWD52a and LWD 52b system control photo and LATCC radars map (Scillies Radar?) from John Douglas

Telephone Exchange

telephone exchange (1)LWD53

telephone exchange (2)LWD54

telephone exchange (3)LWD55

TT mystery at LATCC (1)LWD56

TT mystery at LATCC (2)LWD57

This is Ted Gardner with Terry Thomas from LATCC (standing). Possibly  Ted was the first ATSA who qualified as a FISO to do FIR – confirmation awaited. It looks like an FIR position. Is this the award of a FISO certificate/licence? Is this the first FISO at LATCC or even anywhere. Answers please via the comments link at the top of this post.

Final Photos of LATCC ops room  Alastair Meikle
All taken during ‘A’ watch’s last shift before moving to NERC (a night shift)
Flight Plan Supervisor (Tony Dann)
LWD 58    Flight Plan Supervisor (Tony Dann)
Ops room view from military supervisors position (right hand of supervisors desk)
LWD 59 Ops room view from military supervisors position (right hand of supervisors desk)
London FIR (Chris ‘Sid’ Addison & Sheila Bristow)
LWD60  London FIR (Chris ‘Sid’ Addison & Sheila Bristow)
General view of the ops room from above BRS_CAR_23
LWD61   General view of the ops room from above BRS_CAR_23
BRS_CAR_23 sector (note new NERC sector numbers above the sectors
LWD62  BRS_CAR_23 sector (note new NERC sector numbers above the sectors
BRS_CAR_23 morning rush (0545) (Paul Swift is the ATSA, Michelle  controller on left)
LWD63  BRS_CAR_23 morning rush (0545) (Paul Swift is the ATSA, Michelle ? controller on left)
Radar display Sector 23
LWD64   Radar display Sector 23
Ops room entrance
LWD65   The (former) Ops room entrance
masor closure
LWD66  the LATCC(Mil) MASOR about two hours after it finally closed on 28 Jan 2008 via David Phillips

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