Matador generator truck and trailer mounted RAF 13 ft signals container.

small CROPPED matador plus trailer

The truck is an AEC matador, a heavy haulage unit that saw military service with the British Armed Forces from about 1939 to 1952. Many were spun off into civilian ownership and there are still quite a few around today (2017). This truck is marked for the Ministry of Aviation and it appear to have a generator mounted inside on the back. With its paint scheme and roof mounted warning lights its intended for use on the manoeuvring area somewhere.

Edward Angus tells atchistory that the Matador generator was originally part of the GCA setup- it replaced the original Diamond T mounted generator. The trailer is a RAF pattern 13ft sigs container simply trailer mounted.

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Edward also provided this picture showing the Matador generator truck in use, possibly at Heathrow but it could have been any of the Ministry aerodromes that were GCA equipped. .

3 thoughts on “Matador generator truck and trailer mounted RAF 13 ft signals container.”

  1. The matador generator was originally part of the GCA setup- it replaced the original Diamond T mounted generator. The trailer is a RAF pattern 13ft sigs container simply trailer mounted . I have a picture but how do I post it ?

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  2. Can anyone prove the trailer is not a GCA radar? I looks a lot like one parked on the Nav Aids field at Bletchley in the late 1960’s or early 1970s.

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  3. They had caravans like that at Boscombe Down There it was a civilian ATCA not (ATCO) who checked the wheels were down and had the usual equipment to initiate a go around.

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