Military (later Joint) Air Traffic Control Area Radar School at RAF Sopley (1960-74?)

We’re scanning in a large archive of photographs of RAF Sopley that belonged to the late Squadron Leader Brian (BC) Jones that were bought on e-Bay. Some are from the pre ATC days and may be passed on to the RAF Sopley website. Others are of the unit generally or of the activities of the Air Traffic Control Squadron and will feature on an updated RAF Sopley/JATCRU Southern. There was also an area radar training school at RAF Sopley used initially by military controllers but also later by civil controllers too including some cadet courses whose area course radar component were split, half at CATC at Hurn and half at Sopley.

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Flt Lt Al Barnet

Flt Lt Al Barnet

Flt Lt Bill Baggaley

Flt Lt Bill Baggaley. (The equipment lower left is we understand a SSR/IFF training aid. The models of a  Gloster Javelin and de Havilland Comet help date it).

Flt Lt Brian (B C) Jones

Flt Lt Brian Jones

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Brian Jones again with (possibly) Flt Lt R C Ives

Flt Lt Colin Rutter

Flt Lt Colin Rutter

Flt Lt George Rollings

Flt Lt George Rollings

Flt Lt John Broadbent

Flt Lt John Broadbent

Flt Lt Mac McDonald

Flt Lt Mac McDonald

Flt Lt Phil Phillips

Flt Lt Phil Phillips

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John Dougan, Chief Instructor dated 4th October 1965

two more pictures of John. On the left John in July 1970 to mark his new appointment as Chief Instructor Area at the College of ATC at Hurn. On the right John in September 1969.

Lou Parton civil liaison officer

Lou Parton, Civil Liaison Officer

Sqdn Ldr Dave Emery, the C.O

Sqdn Ldr Dave Emery, Commanding Officer

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Phil Phillips has confirmed that this is the OC RAF Sopley and that it is Wing Commander Peter Wood. The photo is dated 7th December 1973.

Group photo of No 16 JATCAR course from 1962, photo from John Douglas

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Course photo No 50 Joint Air Traffic Control Area Radar Course, 7th August – 16th September 1967

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Con Lee lecturing

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Flt Lt Max Pemberton demonstrating the SSR teaching aid

Simulator pseudo pilot operators

these are believed to be of the school and are scanned from small contact prints., It so looks like the former Fighter Control plotting room (marked 5) was in use as a classroom or exam room.

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a civil student undergoing live training in Cabin 1, airways.

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