EGMC Southend Airport (formerly RFC later RAF Rochford)

EGMC Southend 2009 Newsletter

EGMC MOSAIC

MC0 EGMC in 1960 from Bob Jackie also available as a download

EGMC 1960

MC Old control tower, 1996

MC1 the old control tower, 1996 photo from John Faulkner

EGMC - Ecko ARAA, 1980

MC2 EKCO ARAA Radar 1980 – photo from Leo Marriott via John Faulkner

We found this description of using the EKCO at Southend on PPrune

“Surveillance Radar Approaches, were carried out using an EKCO ARAA (Aerodrome Radar Approach Aid) This was an amazing piece of equipment, manufactured by a local electrical company, E K Cole.

It hung from the ceiling of the tower rather like a periscope in a submarine. The operator stood looking into a small ‘A’ scope tube. He was able to follow the aircraft by literally rotating the entire radar receiving unit by turning it on its axis. Azimuth control was maintained by turning two hand grips either side of the unit.

It was very, very basic but in the hands of a skilled operator, very accurate. If it was set up precisely, Surveillance Radar Approaches could be carried out down to half a mile with an OCL of about 250 feet.

Once the approach was commenced, the controller was committed to it. He stood upright looking into the ‘A’ scope. Both hands on the azimuth controls and at the same time talking on the R/T.”

next two photos by John Faulkner

MC 1995 DanAir One-Eleven fleet  & ACR430

MC3  1995 DanAir One-Eleven fleet  & ACR430

MC 1995 S511 & DanAir One-Eleven

MC4 1995 S511 & “hush kit” fitted DanAir One-Eleven

now some more items, from Barry Davidson

aEGMC 1

MC5

aEGMC 2

MC6

aEGMC 3

MC7

egmc-atc-jg-2

MC7a the new tower from James Granger as is MC7b below

egmc-atc-jg-1

MC7b

EGMC 1

MC8

EGMC 1977

MC9  1977

EGMC Old tower

MC9b Hubbardair Twin Otter G-BFGP with the old tower in the background

EGMC Marconi 511 plus vintage aircraft

MC9C. EGMC’s  MARCONI S511 RADAR. The British Air Ferry Viscount 802 is G-BLNB, which in an earlier life was BEA G-AOHV. Its last flight was auspicious. In 2009, in the Republic of Congo, registered as 9Q-COD, this Viscount made the last recorded flight by the type.

egmc-1963

MC9a

EGMC 1938

MC10  1938  was there ATC at Southend in 1938?

EGMC 1A

MC11, Doves, Herons and Freighters

One thought on “EGMC Southend Airport (formerly RFC later RAF Rochford)”

  1. “Once the approach was commenced, the controller was committed to it. He stood upright looking into the ‘A’ scope. Both hands on the azimuth controls and at the same time talking on the R/T.”

    …whilst others in the tower attempted to remove the controller’s trousers…!

    Great to see the kit again. I suspect this might be the self-same ARAA which found its way to Elstree and/or Lasham.

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