RAF STANLEY Falkland Islands

our thanks to Piers Gardiner for the following brilliant record

PSY1 1982 Post-conflict damage
PSY 1.  1982 A well-known photo of the damaged Stanley Tower and Terminal Building immediately post-conflict.
PSY2 982 ATC Local
PSY 2. 1982 ATC Local, the standard RAF Air-portable Tactical ATC cabin.
PSY3 1983 Local and Approach_Supervisor
PSY 3.  1983 ATC.  The main floor now had perspex sheeting in wooden frames to replace the destroyed windows.  These leaked water onto the tiled floor [up to 1” deep] and misted over at the slightest provocation.  Staff consisted of the ATC Supervisor [equipped with nothing but telephones and an r/t speaker], an ATC Assistant, and the [aircrew] Duty Flying Supervisor.
PSY4 1983 Approach
PSY 4.  1983 Supervisor of many telephones!
PSY5 1983 Alternate Approach (CADF)
PSY 5.   1983 Alternate Approach.  The LandRover “Rover 2” is fitted with CRDF, and when necessary deployed to a space between some rocky outcrops, where it connected to the CRDF aerial and could provide basic homing and let-down procedures.
PSY6 1983 Tactical AR-1
PSY 6. 1983  Radar.  The air-portable Tactical AR-1 provided Approach, Director and SRA Approaches.
PSY7 1983 AR-1 Control Cabin
PSY 7.  1983 AR-1 Control Cabin, with 2 operating positions.  A mixture of temperate and arctic camouflage netting attempted to blend the dark green cabins with the grey quartzite rocks.
PSY8 1983 View from ATC
PSY 8. 1983  General view of the main parking ramp, with the resident C-130s.  The Air Defence Phantoms [originally PhanDet, eventually No 23 Sqn] lived on the far side of the runway in the rubber hangars.  The Harriers lived at the Eastern end of the airfield, near the rw threshold.  The Sea King is overhead the “Rotors Running Refuelling Area”, known as HeliReplen, where up to 6 aircraft could be refuelled simultaneously.  Not surprisingly, there was therefore considerable rotary traffic crossing the runway inbound and outbound.  Local could be very busy and complicated.
PSY9 1984 Stanley
PSY 9.  General view 1984 [photo from HQ 11 Gp].  The extra runway width [AM2 aluminium matting] shows where the RHAG* installations are located.  Two at the approach end, 2 at the overshoot end and one in the middle.  A 6,100 ft runway in winter is not an ideal environment for operating Phantoms!
*RHAG rotary hydraulic arrestor gear – atchistory
and here is the now civil Port Stanley aerodrome in later years Port Stanley Tower

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  1. PS: I personally painted the camouflage on Rover2 [with the permission of MT Flight] as the black/green cammo stood out like the proverbial dog’s whatnots in that environment. Likewise my attempts at cameo on the AR-1 installation, using nets that had just been left around the area and were half-buried in the sand. Mercifully the need was never tested.

    Oh, I also painted “STOP” lines on the main apron, to hopefully prevent vehicles just charging onto the manoeuvring area, and other lines at the Harrier dispersal to stop them holding in front of the PAPIs which the Phantoms needed VERY much!

    One or two ways to keep a SATCO occupied, when the controllers are doing the useful work! It was an interesting 4 months of 7-day weeks 😉


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