LF0 Concorde G-AXDN Farnborough 9.74 (Meyrick Powell)
LFOa Peter Hamer was an ATCO cadet sent to Farnborough for the Air Show in 1976. He wonders of anyone can identify the guy above in the red cap (second left)
LF0b The recent pictures of Farnborough reminded me that we were sent there for the air show in August 1976 as cadets, and that I have a picture taken through the tower during the display. The aircraft on the ground is a YC-15 if I remember correctly. No doubt Farnborough controllers will be able to identify the man in the distinctive red cap. I also enclose the view taken from the tower balcony during the show.
LF0c from Barry Davidson – if ever one photo says it all ?
LFOca dated 1966
LF0e also from Barry, Dunlop Aviation Division Dove G-ALVD
LF0f Dragon Rapide G-AHXW
LF0g DH-110 WG240 possibly 1952
LF0h Bristol Brigand TF.Mk.1, RH742. Test aircraft, Coastal Command
LF0g Vickers Supermarine type 508 dated 1951
LF0h from Barry, “Mobile Radar Unit for the 1966 Farnborough Air Show. One of the latest developments in air surveillance radar. This mobile unit will be on display. Known as AR1, the unit is a development of a static version already in use in many parts of the world as the first high definition radar. The movable AR1 has been developed for the RAF for easy transportation. Hope the techies like it.”
LF0k SR1 Blackbird serial 17972 at Farnborough 1974
LFOm Airspeed AS.5A Courier K4047/K at the RAE dated 1935
ATC Archaeology – Farnborough N1 Building
controllers in LF1 above are Andy Hay, Mike Baggaley, Ted Winstone, Stan Chapman, (someone hidden), Vic Gibson, Ted Van-Dort, taken circa 1981 just before the new Cossor radar displays were bodge-tilted forward because they were too ‘laid back’, The PAR is out of shot on left (an SLA1).
Terry Clark added
“Cossor ‘Compass 9000’ consoles which ended up at Prestwick Centre when they were replaced by the Plessey Watchman consoles. We retained the AR1 and S232 radars with the Cossor consoles as they were bought so we could have SSR displayed (Heathrow or Pease Pottage – we couldn’t select which one). The three closest were for Farnborough and the far two were for Odiham.
Thanks to Andy Amor, Derek Pake, Tony Dann and Malcolm Hemming for sorting out the names on this group photo
This is taken outside RAE Farnborough N1 building (The old ATC tower). The photo was taken in September 1984. It’s a mixture of ATC staff brought in for the Airshow, the one where the De Havilland DHC-5 Buffalo crashed! Some are Farnborough staff, Nigel Green came down from Manchester I think, some are ATCO Cadets. I, as an ATCA was on a secondment from West Drayton, so that’s me, Tony Dann, back row, second from left, Nigel to my right. The chief ATCO was indeed Don Hickson and to his left is Jessie Price. Back row fourth from right is Ken Farthing I think. Tony Dann
Tall fellow in rear row in the middle is John Mayhew – Derek Pake
Back row Dennis Hill (EFSO), Tony Dann, Nigel Green, ?, ?, ?, Ken Farthing (Senior EFSO), Gordon Morehouse, Gerald Larmour (EFSO), ?
Front Row Malcolm Ferguson, Vic Gibson (D/SATCO), Jessica Price (EFSO), Don Hickson, ‘Auntie’ Hilda (Admin), The ‘Mike’ Land Rover driver was an EFSO, Wally Peake (?), Alan Foster (EFSO – Charts Office) – Malcolm Hemming
now from Simon Barry
Across top L-R
Gareth Parry, Stuart?, Sarah Lee, Dave?, Nicola Cooper, ??, Andy?, Linda Wood, Peter Pennie, Terry Clark
Isobel?, Ian Harvard, Susie Court?, Alister Coffin
Sally Reed, Harry Douglas, Dan Lewis, Dan Pryce
Bottom Row L-R
Colin Wyatt, Jim Scaife, Gerald Lamour, Simon Barry, Adrian Roberts, Neil?, Jonathan Bromley, Neil Turner, Graham Brett
and from Terry Clark trying to fill in some of the gaps in LF9
Top row L to R
Gareth Parry, Stuart Ellis, Sarah Lee, David Thomason, Nicky Cooper, Sarah?(Admin Officer), Andy Foyston, Linda Morrison (didn’t re-marry until after she left Farnborough), Pete Pennie, Terry Clark
LF14 the first 21st century Farnborough tower
LF14a Bizjet city
LF17 Westland Wyvern naval turboprop fighter, probably at the airshow and rather improbably loaded with a torpedo and sixteen rockets
LF18 four Avro 707 research aircraft, presumably at the air show
LF 19 An earlier Farnborough tower
This version was a replacement for a wooden watch office near to ‘A’ Shed and was originally a single storey brick building built in ’42 or ’43, but the occupants quickly realised the south easterly view was inadequate so a second storey was added. details from Terry Clark, photo via Barry Davidson
LF20 Harrier ski jump at Farnborough. Terry Clarke tells us that this ski jump was built as a ‘one off’ at Farnborough and used by John Farley, another being built at RAE Bedford for the use of training naval pilots.
LF21 BEA Airspeed Ambassador, Britain’s first post war airliner, early 1950s? Terry Clark tells us “this particular Ambassador was demonstrating as a turboprop version and being in BEA colours, was I believe the prototype Napier Eland version, other power plants used were the Proteus, Dart and Tyne.
If you look closely, you’ll find the aircraft shown at LF21 s doing a flying display entirely on one engine, the other being feathered throughout”.
LF22 export model Canberra B 102 for Argentina
LF23 a Tiger Moth honouring its own, or another’s, history, marked up as a Royal Navy wartime Tiger Moth T8191?
Terry Clark tell us the photo was taken at the ‘Moth Rally’ in 1982 whern he and Don Binks opened up the tower on a Sunday to enable 60 odd Moths of various types to arrive and depart, it being to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Geoffrey de Havillands birth.