EGHH Bournemouth (Hurn)

photos of ATC Hurn from the late 1940s onwards

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HH1 The tower in its wartime configuration. G-AGLV is a BOAC Lancastrian and was one of two that initiated the first land plane air service to Australia as WW2 ended. They were soon replaced on the passenger service but continued to fly freight.

freighter GCA

HH1a Bristol Freighter with the Hurn GCA in the distance

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Hurn TowerHH3

Interior view of new VCR in late 40s, probably Aerodrome and Approach control. First radar was in a cubbyhole built off the stairs (a 424?).HH4

Interior view of new VCR in late 40s, probably Aerodrome and Approach control. First radar was in a cubbyhole built off the stairs (a 424?).

again 1940s peace time view Tower and approach plus an assistantHH5

again 1940s peace time view Tower and approach plus an assistant

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Hurn Tower hosted one of the Field Training Units, here being used for procedural approach training.

HH5a Hurn Field Training Unit in the 1960s

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Meryl Davies on right (John Faulkner)
 
Hurn tower 4HH7
and on the left (John Faulkner)
 jf_HH Early 1980s
HH8 Hurn early 1980s a Diversion Day John Faulkner
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HH9 Hurn ACR6 1979 John Faulkner
hh-acr430-danair-hs748-1980s[1]HH10 the Plessey 430 radar, Danair 748 in background, in the 1980s – John Faulkner
HH Approach Radar, 1980s, Brian HuttHH11 Brian Hutt in Hurn Approach operating using the Plessey ACR 430 radar, again in the 1980s – John Faulkner
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HH 1979 John Foster, Mel Whapshare
HH14  1979 John Foster, Mel Whapshare
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HH15 from Barry Davidson
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HH16 and HH17  two pictures of the Vickers/BAC factory from Barry Davidson
Weybridge 1
 
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HH18 two more pictures of the Vickers/BAC factory and a Hurn postcard from Barry Davidson
 
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HH19  The Red Arrows at Hurn
 
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HH20 Tom Singfield sent in this photo of a Bedford MW with a runway caravan body. We’ve seen similar vehicles in RAF service and also think this may be the former standby tower at Hurn. Its now at Bournemouth Aviation Museum

two photos from the air show in 1984

One thought on “EGHH Bournemouth (Hurn)”

  1. NATS (or rather NATCS in those days) had the ATC contract in 1969 when I first attended the college for my initial assistant course.
    We paid a visit to ATC during this course and downstairs at the fire section, we were ‘trained’ how to safely fire a Verey pistol.
    There wasn’t a lot of traffic in those days but the Scimitars operated by Flight Refuelling Ltd as ‘target’ aircraft were frequent movements.
    During my ATCO Cadet course commencing in 1971, we visited ATC more often; on the ADV course we all had one session in the ‘tower’ doing actual live ADC (although we had all done 6 weeks at the airfield where we were to train for our Aerodrome Control C of C prior to this) and the ADC simulator was in the tower.
    Later on the Approach Radar course, we did ‘live’ training in Bournemouth Approach using the CAFU Doves to practice vectoring and SRAs, the Hurn PAR having been withdrawn by this time.
    NATCS didn’t ‘lose’ the ATC contract at Hurn until after we graduated so I presume all the above changed after that.

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