Here is “Caledonia” C Class flying boat G-ADHM at Foynes. Nice shot of the Irish flag and the UK Civil Air Ensign blowing in the breeze. photo from Barry Davidson.
Also from Barry
Boeing 314a Clipper NC18609
I’m grateful to Colin McKeeman for the three approach/departure plans (below) for Shannon (Rineanna) from 1945 and Foynes (1944). Long range civil flights westwards from Prestwick, Hurn and Poole landed to refuel and pick up passengers in the Irish Republic at Shannon for land planes and Foynes for flying boats.
Colin also provided this photo
this is a recent photo of what used to be the Monteague Arms Hotel, Foynes which was used from 1936 as the terminal and control tower (still visible on the top) for the flying boats. This houses the present day Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum; note the full scale mock –up of a Boeing 314 beside the building.
Colin has now sent me a more modern chart, for Dublin in 1967 so I’ve extended the scope of the post to include more about our friends in Eire.
more from Colin follows. he says
“I attach some old 1950’s charts that you might find of interest:-
- Chart 0001: Shannon Approach 28/09/1954: Interestingly the approach frequency includes 3023.5 HF
- Chart 0002: Dublin Approach to r/w 24, 28/04/1955: Again, HF is included in the approach frequencies
- Chart 0003: Dublin Approach, 08/08/1955
- Chart 0004: Dublin Landing Chart 28/04/1955: Note; remarks refer to Stratocruisers (if only today!)
All received via a long-standing friend of mine, Jimmy Creegan, who worked in Prestwick and Europe during his ATC career, now retired and living in Macclesfield.”
note the specific reference to Stratocruisers.
and from Barry Davidson pictures of Dublin, Shannon and Cork towers
from Colin McKeeman more on Dublin inc G-EMBC
Shows the four HF aerials (rhombic) being erected at Dublin during the 1940’s
Shows the approach road into Dublin airport, with the four HF aerials in the background (1950’s)
Shows a vintage view of Dublin airport, with the old tower on top of the building, no longer in use but still in situ.
and yet more Dublin from Barry Davidson
…………. love that silver Viscount.
plus two more airfields
Waterford Regional Airport Irish Air Corps Alouette 214
The next two Waterford photos from 2007 from Tom Singfield
at last a tower photo of Llanbedr ATC tower
and another one
We didn’t have much ATC stuff about Llanbedr but I have been sent a copy of a Golden Anniversary commemorative brochure by Barry Davidson that details the RAF & R&D life and history of the airfield. There is a very small ATC content within it, perhaps it will stimulate a bit more input about the Control Tower and ATS service at Llanbedr.
and here are a few more RAE Llanbedr items though once again no ATS content.
WU1 and 1a combined approach and aerodrome control desks, Dec 1951-WU1 from Les Tranter
WU1b (Barry Davidson)
WU3 from Barry Davidson
WU4 1950s aerial view
and from Barry Davidson dated 1947, 48 or 51
featuring DC-4 EC-ACD, Viking G-AJBR, C-47 Dakota IV G-AMPT plus an extract from one of these shots
WU6 an earlier year and time, 1938. Triple One squadron Hurricanes lined up at Northolt.
WU7 and much more modern, a US Marines Osprey with the modern Northolt tower in the background
more from Barry Davidson’s collection
Anyone got any photos of or stories about Brooklands tower? Please use the comment link above to get in touch.
why not visit the Brooklands Museum
BKL4 Vickers Wellington L4250 that was converted from a Mk I to the prototype Mk II
more from Barry Davidson. Anyone got a nice clear shot of the tower interior?
for those of us of a certain age Lydd is synonymous with Garry Halliday
MD3 photo via Barry Davidson Silver City G-ANWI Bristol Superfreighter
MD4 photo via Barry Davidson. If you still have an unbuilt Airfix Superfreighter here is your 1950s diorama project.
MD5 scan via Barry Davidson
MD6 from Tom Singfield
MD7 now with radar, a Decca 424
Canadian Meteor T7 WA740. Reportedly the RCAF only had a few Meteors for development work. An online source says this Meteor, in 1950, was on loan to 421 Squadron RCAF. photo via Barry Davidson
CELLE during the Berlin Air lift, with American controllers in the tower
Barry Davidson has sent in two links
Barry Davidson has provided these eight photos of RAF Gatow during the airlift that include photos of the VCR, Radar, GCA etc. Barry reports that due to controller fatigue among the RAF/US controllers, civil controllers from the US & UK were detached although not much is known – anyone have any more info?
Barry Davidson has sent in a two page article produced originally by the RAF Air Historical Branch detailing the techniques used to manage the Berlin Airlift traffic, a forerunner of todays modern flow management systems.
from Chris Stock is this description of approach and landing procedures at GATOW
and also from Barry here is a Flight article about controlling the airlift
and some photos of a pilot briefing truck and the Berlin Air Safety Control Centre
Rhein Main Ops –The END
from Barry Davidson below
two photos of FASSBERG during the airlift
and a scan of a rare Christmas postcard produced by RAF and USAF ATC Staff at Fassberg.
The Lancastrians were four of twelve operated by Flight Refuelling supporting the airlift lift and carried diesel fuel and heating oil into Berlin.
including two more RAF GATOW ATC photos, one of which identifies the unit as No 5 GCA (Ground Controlled Approach) unit.
GCA truck and aerial at an RAF Station during the airlift
RAF Luneburg below
I’m told the Spitfire is a PRXI and is reference books suggest it is probably from 400 Squadron which was a Canadian squadron. The serial is thought to be PM156.
photo via Barry Davidson
If memory serves the aerodrome was in close proximity to the race course and football ground. Also if memory serves, one of its controllers in about 1938 was Frank Bulstrude, much later Superintendent of the School and later College of ATC at Hurn.
Doncaster aerodrome has a long and illustrious history and is now home to the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum