a selection of photos from Steve Balfour including the existing tower under construction
Next is a series of shots via Steve Balfour taken from the then new EGCC VCR in 1960, by Bill Woodruff, courtesy of Greater Manchester Archive. It shows the airfield and the buildings to the south of the new tower that were demolished to make way for the apron and Piers A+B. The sequence goes 2CC1 -7, forming a kind of panorama from NE around to due west.
2CC6 shows the original VCR as seen from the new one, itself now disused
” Below are a few more external shots, all of which are from the late 1960s, with some contemporary a/c thrown in. They show the tower during the operation of PATCRU (Preston Air Traffic Control Radar Unit), which was located on the first floor. If you look at the VC9 picture, it was behind the cream-coloured wall, visible above the ground-equipment parked behind the Vanguard.
2CC18 St Annes Marconi 264A radar
2CC19 Sutton Common relay/repeater station
2CC20 Winter Hill
now from Steve four pictures of the equipment rooms. How about our ATE readers telling what this kit is and even better a few names for the “Tels” staff in the pictures.
also from Steve a view of the PABX (telephone exchange)
and two of Lamson tube heaven. Steve says
“Also, 3 more shots of EGCC from the, airport archive, showing the PABX and teleprinter section, in the 1960s I don’t know where these facilities were located. The number of Lamson tubes is impressive, but I don’t know if this was taken when PATCRU was operational? Maybe someone will have the answers.”
2CC27 for more on Lamson tubes see pneumatic tube delivery systems . They were used to deliver flight progress strips, weather observations, flight plan information etc.
We’ve just discovered some more large format colour slides. To avoid using a professional processor we’ve experimented with a new bright white light LED light box, some black framing and a digital camera to reproduce them.
Steve Balfour tells us that the old style VOR is Barton, which was located on Chat Moss. The DVOR is the MCT, which replaced BTN, and is located on EGCC. The S264H is EGCC. I think the MCT DVOR occupies the site where the 264 was. In the VCR, the chap with the bins’ is the CDP ATSA…….Could be Bob Woolnough or Graham Innes? The GMC ATCO looking to the right is Malcolm Ross. The other shot shows John Dale as Air Controller, with Barry Wynter to his right as Air ATSA.
Dave Smith has sent in the chart of the Manchester Control Zone in 1954
Now three more from Steve Balfour
2CC29 Here are a couple of pictures of Manch’ approach taken during the 1960s. The controller in the centre is believed to be Maurice Hotchkin.
2CC29a Blowing up one of the B+W shots, it shows the Burtonwood hold still in use, This was still there in 1967, and was later replaced by a hold at Barton. The inbound strips show G-AMPY, DC3 inbound from EGGP, BA560, a BR31 from EGPK, and EI-AKL.
2CC30 Photo with arrow showing the location of approach control, down a short flight of stairs from the VCR. It remained there until the opening of the sub-centre in 1975. The windows below the arrow were behind the consoles, and are visible in the later pictures (in EGCC Pt 1), which show Don Banks and Doug Handley.