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

Manchester Control tower circa 1965[37335]

Peter Steeden  was a visitor on a guided tour of Ringway control tower in the 1960s when he took the photo above showing three ATC staff. Anyone know their names?

 

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:

EGCC VCR 1990'S

EGCC VCR 1990’S

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!

EGCC VCR _AIR_ DESKS

EGCC VCR “AIR” DESK

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

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”!

EGCC VCR _GMC_ DESKS

EGCC VCR “GMC” DESKS

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

1985-egcc-staff-list

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.”

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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

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

1941 L RAF RINGWAY.CC0M

1941 RAF RINGWAY.

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

 

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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

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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

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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.

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EGCC 1967

CC5a EGCC 1967 from Paul Funnell

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

EGCC 1971 BUA HP7 GAVEZ

CC5b  1971 BUA HP7 GAVEZ

 

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CC6a from Barry Davidson as are the next three

EGCC 1_2

CC6b

EGCC 2_1

CC6c

EGCC 2_2

CC6d

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)

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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

CC25

VC9 EGCC

CC26

man-landing-cht-1964

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

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CC27 and the first of two SID charts from 1976

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CC28

Mystery towers

No 7 FTS

MT1 as the base for No7 Flying Training School this should be easy. It looks like a modified Fort type tower and the locations 7FTS at served are well recorded. However the tower isn’t like any of the airfields that photos survive of and of many of the other bases there is no record of their towers. The nearest equivalent we’ve found is Church Fenton but 7FTS were not there.

Our Friends at the Control Tower site have asked for more input on the following 5 towers.

CT QUERIES (1)

MT1a 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.

CT QUERIES (2)

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.

CT QUERIES (3)

MT1c This P-51 PZ-V ??4215 flew with the 486th Fighter Squadron based at Bodney but this doesn’t look like the Bodney tower. the runway designator has a 4 as the second digit so 04, 14, 24, or 34.

CT QUERIES (5)

MT1e

CT QUERIES (6)

MT1f Mustangs parked up far right plus maybe a larger twin fin aircraft

 

New MT2 below showing a rather “casual” tower facility

Mystery 2

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.

 

Mystery 4bd919

MT7 Hawks for advanced training and weapons training, tail of a Chipmunk on the left. The grey Hawk is XX196.

added here for our “detectives” is the second Hawks tail marking

Mystery 4a

and for what its worth the chippie’s fin and rudder

Mystery 4b

 

EGLF FARNBOROUGH (formerly EGUF)

EGUF 1950s

LF0 from Barry Davidson  – if ever one photo says it all

 

EGLF c1950

LF0a also from Barry, Dunlop Aviation Division Dove G-ALVD

EGUF c1950s

LF0aa Dragon Rapide G-AHXW

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LF0ab DH-110 WG240 possibly 1952

EGUF.

LF0ac Bristol Brigand TF.Mk.1, RH742. Test aircraft, Coastal Command

EGLF 1951

LF0ad Vickers Supermarine type 508 dated 1951

EGUF 1 1966

LF0b 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.”

Another Malcolm Hemming input

farnborough LF1

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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.  

CCTV was for met obs, the Farnborough ob. being done by our own met office and the Odiham one had a vertically mounted CCTV camera at the far end of the room; every time we had heavy rain, water would pour from it! Andy Hay designed the workstations based on a visit to Dunsfold and got the ’tilt’ a bit wrong!
Farnborough nearly got the SLA3c PAR from Pershore but after sitting in the tower car park for a couple of weeks, it was re-allocated to Llanbedr.”
more pictures now from Tony Mannion
From when he did a couple of detachments therevfor the SBAC in 92 and 94.
FARNBOROUGH - 1994 AIRSHOW LF3
FARNBOROUGH - 1994 LF4
FARNBOROUGH 1992 (2) LF5
FARNBOROUGH 1992 (17) LF6
Mark Davenport and ‘Isobel’
FARNBOROUGH 1992 LF7
anon 17

LF8

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

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LF9

Across top L-R
Gareth Parry, Stuart?, Sarah Lee, Dave?, Nicola Cooper, ??, Andy?, Linda Wood, Peter Pennie, Terry Clark
LHS top-bottom
Isobel?, Ian Harvard, Susie Court?, Alister Coffin
RHS top-bottom
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

 

EGBE 1950s

LF10 previously posted under Coventry, Barry Davidson’s photo has been relocated after Malcolm Hemming identified the  location about 1952 at the SBAC show – its an AW Apollo G-AIYN
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LF10a via Barry
mystery fury pic
LF10b Terry Clark says this is Farnborough, SBAC Show c1948. The tower is the third one to be built at Farnborough and is in its Mk1 version; the VCR was re-modelled to its later ‘glasshouse’ Mk 2 form in about ’56 or ’57 and was demolished in 2003; we moved to the present tower (No 4) in late 2002.”
EGLF1
LF11 before ATC?   The Astra Torres Airship HMA3 at Farnborough in 1913 Barry Davidson’s photo collection
EGLF
LF12 the RAE in about 1945-46? a visual circuit with this lot in the air would have been spectacular. From left to right are (I think) a Junkers 52, a Dornier 335 Pfeil, behind the Pfeil are two types I can’t make out and a V1. To the right a Heinkel 219 Uhu night fighter and two Focke Wulf 190s, one of them long nosed.
Our on call Luftwaffe guru, Malcolm V. Lowe, tell us that “Looks like the exhibition of captured German equipment at Farnborough, Oct/Nov 1945. The ‘long nose’ (FW190) is a Ta 152H-1, Werk Nummer 150168, AIR MIN 11. It was a genuine combat veteran from JG 301, and was flown twice by Eric (Winkle) Brown. The Dornier aircraft is a Do 335A-12, Werk Nummer 240112, AM 233. It crashed at Cove killing its pilot, Group Captain Alan Hards, who was CO experimental flying at the time.”
and our modelling guru tells that Frog brought out a kit of this very Dorner 335 in 1/72nd scale.
Barry Davidson has been in touch with Stephen Turner of Elvetham Publications. His company publishes a booklet entitled 1942 – Farnborough at War by a wartime French test pilot, Maurice Claisse. The booket is about to go out of print and Stephen has very kindly agreed that we can publish the booket on line. Imagine the work involved on Flying Control in supporting this activity
The book has also been on sale the Farnborough Air Sciences Museum.
If you haven’t visited the Museum its a great visit, why not pop in and help support the Trust that runs it. The Trust has vary kindly given us permission  to reproduce their Museum Guide which is a great introduction to the work of the Trust too. Have a look then go visit!
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LF13 from Barry Davidson 74 Squadron Lightnings

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the above slide show photos from Dick Gilbert, taken in 2010

EGBB Birmingham (Elmdon) Airport part 2

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2BB0 an early Elmdon Tower interior shot

We’ve had a large collection of photos provided by Rob Eckett. The first EGBB post is quite large already so we’ve gone for a Part 2.

EGBB2 historic (1)

BB2_1

EGBB2 historic (2)

BB2_1a

EGBB 2

BB2_1b (Barry Davidson)

EGBB

BB2_1c (Barry Davidson)

1 Rapide at Bham 5.99

BB2_1d above: this and the next four photos and text by Steve Richards. Amongst the first passenger carrying aircraft to use Birmingham were de Havilland Rapides. This nostalgic picture of a Rapide outside the art deco terminal was taken in May 1999 on the occasion of the airport’s 60th anniversary.

 

2 Cambrian BAC-111 Bham 1970

BB2_1e A typical scene 30 years earlier (1970) with a Cambrian Airways (later absorbed into British Airways) BAC-111 on the western apron. The original terminal and later extensions (on the right) are clearly visible.

3 Bham Terminal circa 1974

BB2_1f Birmingham Airport frontage, as many people will remember it, seen in 1974

4 BmA VISC at BHX

BB2_1g British Midland Airways Viscounts on the western apron. Scaffolding around the terminal is clearly seen; the buildings would have to serve for another decade before the new terminal was opened.

5 BA Viscounts on ramp BHX

BB2_1h  British Airways Viscounts G-AOHW and G-AOHM on the eastern apron with the terminal as a backdrop

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BB2_1i Viscount G-AOHL in front of the tower and terminal

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BB2_1j an early postcard view, three RAF magisters on the grass plus an anonymous civil bi-plane

BB2_2

EGBB2 historic (3)

BB2_3

EGBB2 historic (4)

BB2_4

EGBB2 historic (5)

BB2_5

EGBB2 historic (6)

BB2_6

EGBB2 historic (7)

BB2_7

EGBB2 historic (8)

BB2_8

EGBB2 historic (9)

BB2_9

EGBB2 historic (10)

BB2_10 Might this be the Birmingham Field Training Unit, that looks a lot like Roy Holmes on the right.

October 1 - 0·00 - Anemom

BB2_11 Anemometer

October 1 - 0·00 - Drdf

BB2_11 DRDF

October 1 - 0·00 - Evcr1

BB2_12 and

October 1 - 0·00 - Evcr3

BB2_13 the Emergency VCR ,  (runway caravan meets mobile home/portakabin)

October 1 - 0·00 - Glideaerial

BB2_14 Glideslope

October 1 - 0·00 - Locaerial

BB2_15 Localiser

October 1 - 0·00 - Samos

BB2_16 SAMOS

October 1 - 0·00 - Trans2

BB2_17 Inside the Transmissometer

October 1 - 0·00 - Airfieldmap

BB2-18

October 1 - 0·00 - Stands

BB2-19 Apron Stands

and now a slide show with many more photos of ATC

October 1 - 0·00 - Panorama

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BB2_20 the first of three 1960ish photos of EGBB ATC sent in via George Cox

BB GC3 circa 1960

One is of Aerodrome Control in the old terminal building (still existing as a listed building) before the ‘new’ VCR was built on top.  The aerodrome controller with his back to the camera is Wally Scott.

BB GC4 circa 1960

2BB_21 The Approach and Approach radar room, which was situated directly below Aerodrome is Control and again features Wally Scott nearest the camera on the Plessey 424 radar.  Third from the left in that photo I’m fairly sure is Jack Sowersby

BB GC2 circa 1960

2BB_22 The third black and white photo is the cocktail bar, situated on a lower floor and widely regarded as a sub-section of ATC!

BB GC1

2BB_23 via George Cox.  George says that the photo depicts the ‘new’ VCR, which was built directly on top of the old Aerodrome Control.  The late Matt Taylor, a senior ATCA, is featured in the foreground.

 

 

 

 

 

Military Towers after 1945

We’ve put these in, and will put in more but don’t want a complete set of all the Towers. The Aerodrome Research Society and Control Tower web site already do that and very well too. But we do want representative content about military aerodrome ATC and don’t have much at all as yet.  Any readers who worked at or visited ATC at the units below and can add flesh to these photos? Any military towers that we get a bit more info on will be upgraded to have their own post on the atchistory site

first three tower photos below are via Barry Davidson.

RAF Cosford 1987

MT1 RAF Cosford 1987

Brawdy 1969

 

Brawdy

above are MT2 and MT2a RNAS Brawdy (HMS Goldcrest ) 1969. Also used by the RAF, photos and stories from controllers of both services  would be welcome.

more Brawdy

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MT2b

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MT2c I’ve been sent this as a Brawdy picture but it doesn’t appear to match the others – any ideas anyone?

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MT2d in this Flight photo you can just see the runway caravan bottom left, possibly Brawdy?

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MT2d

 

 

 

Cranwell CTB plus Hawk

MT3 RAF Cranwell. photo via David Phillips A Press report stated that…..

“It was being delivered to RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire to be sprayed in the display team’s signature red livery when it crashed on landing and skidded off the runway. The Hawk hurtled across the airfield, smashing into a crew building and three cars before coming to a rest next to the air traffic control tower. It also destroyed some of the building’s windows in the process.”

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MT3a via Barry Davidson

1974 Cottesmore

MT4 RAF Cottesmore in 1974 by Barry Davidson

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MT4a

also from Barry are

Culdrose 1Culdrose 2

MT5 and 6 RNAS Culdrose , HMS Seahawk.

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MT7

Culdrose 1974

MT7a

EGDR1BD

MT8

Culdrose

MT9

EGBE Coventry (Baginton)

EGBE_2

BE0, BE0a,b, c and (below) from Barry Davidson

EGBE Coventry BD new

EGBE 517

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Jet Provost XP551 at Coventry in front of the tower

EGBE 6

Jet Provost XP572 with some unusual views of the tower building and VCRs

following photos via Chris Stock

Cov radar

BE1 Coventry radar

Cov VCR

BE2  Coventry VCR

View form Cov VCR

BE3 View from VCR

Coventry

BE4

Nimrod arr

BE5

Nimrod grounded

BE6

Nimrod last flight

BE7

Nimrod on show

BE8

BE9 preserved Vampire T11 believed to be at its home base of Coventry

 

 

 

 

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