TB1 photo via Barry Davidson G-AWYO
all photos from Malcolm Hemming except where stated
Blackbushe Tower 1948
Blackbushe Flight Clearance 1948
LK2a Backbushe VCR Control Desk (A unit control desk Mk 4) January 1959 – Les Tranter
Harry Hobden, Blackbushe MTCA ATCO
LK12 photo via Barry Davidson.
RAF Avro Lancaster, PD328 “Aries”, Blackbushe, August 1946
LK13 a later tower (which now – 2016 – is much changed and updated), photo via Barry Davidson
LK14 aerial photo via Barry Davidson
LK15 next few photos from Malcolm Hemming
LK16 the panel and VCR interior looking a little faded so
LK17 a temporary tower solution in order to build a new tower
LK20 we’re indebted to David Hill, the Ballykelly and Shackleton guy to go to at the Ulster Aviation Society who says that its Blackbushe in 1958. That airfield was used for customs clearing when Shacks came in from overseas prior to returning to their home base. It was also the departure point for Shacks transporting troops to the Middle East during the Suez crisis in 1956. The Shackleton is a MR II coded Q/38.
PC1 photos via Simon Card
PC2 the old watch room at Wick
PC4 I think this picture is by Dave Greer
now some photos via Chris Stock
PC10,11,12,13,14 via Avril Hardie . Avril tells us that yes it is a wooden tower.
photos via Avril Hardie
via Barry Davidson
from Chris Stock who entitled them “HRH Last flight as a pilot!”
Our Friends at the Control Tower site have asked for more input on the following 6 towers.
new MT1a First impressions, row of three windows, balcony, side stairs, maybe three filled in lower windows are that its a 1940s AM/RAF tower However the more we look at it we’re not convinced it is a 1940s AM/RAF tower or even that its in the UK. Even the 30 numbering doesn’t look typical for a British tower and British runway QDM designators are usually (?) black on white or yellow. Wish the truck was clearer, it could be British or American military/ex military from the 1940s or 1950s.
MT1aa a USAAF manned tower on an airfield with a runway 06. One vehicle (second right) is a Command Car usually reserved for high rank officers.
M1b It has been suggested that it might be Boxted but a close look at the Jeep markings suggests possibly the 55th Fighter Group who were at Nuthampstead and Wormingford.
MT1f Mustangs parked up far right plus maybe a larger twin fin aircraft
New MT2 below showing a rather “casual” tower facility
The swastika was not yet a sinister emblem, rather the opposite and it may be a unit or personal marking of a British squadron. Think this is a Blackburn T2 Dart, a FAA Torpedo bomber in service 1923-33. Another Dart was recorded with similar wheel centres, in service with 461 Flight that served on HMS Furious but also at Gosport.
MT3 Hunter WT806 at an airshow somewhere judging by the shops and burger van. The Hunter carries different squadron badges on the nose and fin.
MT4 Gnat XP536 / 103 from the CFS. Despite the trainer aircraft types including two with the CFS badge its not Little Rissington or Valley. XP536 was tragically lost in a collision at Valley in the mid 1970s
MT7 Hawks for advanced training and weapons training, tail of a Chipmunk on the left. The grey Hawk is XX196. Having looked at all the suggestions and compared each candidate with other photos of those towers, we think its Wattisham.
NEW MT8 Miles Messenger G-AJVL in front of a possible pre 1939 single storey tower/watchroom/chief pilots office.
These photos have been provided by Avril Hardie to see if they can be identified. Some locations in her album have been identified and those locations have been in Scotland, Cumbria and maybe Northern Ireland.
its a gut feeling here at atchistory towers that photos 2, 3 and 4 and 20 – 23 are maybe an area unit but where? Logically it might be Redbrae (ScATCC) or Preston Area Centre. An alternative is perhaps the earlier Translatlantic Control Centre at Prestwick Airport. The lady in photo 2 is discretely holding a plaque toward the camera with OBI or QBI (or O/Q81or similar ?) does this ring a bell with anyone.
There are some 30 plus photos eventually to be published , maybe some of our senior readers might identify a face from the past?
Early Days at Aberdeen civil ATC in the wartime Watchroom.
Is that an Ekco radar that Bill Bain is operating?
ATC staff were housed at Kirkhill Dyce in old army huts on the edge of the runway. Bill Bain, Bill Walton and Vic Oldcorn were all housed here in early 1950s. All eventually moved to Redbrae.
HRH Princess Elizabeth arriving at Dyce 1951 with Bill Bain (photos above from Heather Bain, Bill’s daughter.
The new Tower the “Ziggurat”
“Built in receding tiers upon a rectangular, oval, or square platform, the ziggurat was a pyramidal structure with a flat top” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziggurat
the 1984 Aberdeen ATC Brochure gives snapshot of their task in the mid 80s
A “flight” around the tower
The chap in the waistcoat at dusk is John Reynolds, who later moved to EGCC and later EGPX. – Steve Balfour
The next four photos were dated from 1981
above and below, 264 radar at Perwinnes Hill.
three pictures of Perwinnies Hill radar site by Alan Dodson
PD16a Bertil Ohlson possibly at Perwinnies Hill
A walk through the Approach Room
PD25 – A Dyce Christmas Card candidate
pictures above and below taken by Chris Stock in 1982