Former Scottish en route air traffic control centre and home to the UK end of Shanwick oceanic control centre. Redbrae was located adjacent to the Terminal Building at Prestwick Airport.
RDB0 photo Ray Draper
Redbrae house was home to both the Scottish domestic en route air traffic control centre (Civil and Military) and to Shanwick Ocanic control. Domestic radar was provided by a site at Gailes up the Ayrshire coast a few miles and from two JATCRUs, Border Radar at Boulmer and Ulster Radar at Killard Point
Pete Clarke has sent in this photo that was published in the context of a pilot’s description of a transatlantic flight contemporary with the photo. We have published several good views of the mid to late 60s operations rooms at the old Scottish domestic and oceanic centre in Redbrae House on Prestwick airport. This doesn’t match those views, and the legend doesn’t specifically mention Redbrae or oceanic control. The window frame and outside view could easily be Redbrae.
The map on the left appears to be the domestic airspace of the Scottish FIR, from the TMA northwards. the map to the right might (?) be the western sectors. Possibly this is a photo dating to the late 50s early 60s (judging by the headsets) of the domestic sectors at Redbrae. Anyone know any more / any different?
RDB5a Gailes Ops Room 1970s
left to right, are Paul Ravenscroft, Ron Chisolm, Charlie Millar. Ron is on the West Scottish Sector and Charlie’s on TMA – Alastair C Campbell
The Oceanic Ops Room
D side Oceanic control Pete Berry on right
For Oceanic control, there was no radar service, and no VHF communication, Separation used was procedural and communications were by HF R/T operated by Communicators at Ballygareen nr Shannon on the west coast of Eire – hence Shanwick Shan(non) and (Prest)wick (some updated and additional photos from Les Tranter)
above and next two photos below ScATCC Mil and Civil Enroute
ScATCC Redbrae Tels Equipment room
Left to Right
Nigel Foulkes (Chairman CAA), Campbell Nairn ATE II, Ted Stokes (Signals Superintendent)
the next 14 slides are all dated 14 March 1963. Some of the views may seem very unusual, any input describing their subject, especially those outside the main ops rooms, would be very welcome. Please use the comments link above
RDB15, RDB16 moved to Southern Centre post (Thanks to Richard Dyett and Malcolm Hemming)
Oceanic clearance planning ?
now 2 new photos from Paul Funnell
RDB31 Redbrae Spring 1968
RDB 32 ATC dance at Prestwick c1969
l to r are Bill Bain, Tom Harrison, Johnny Grice, Harry Ritchardson, Bill Pavitt, Graham Stewart, George Rankin, Maurice Bennett, Duncan Johnstone, Flash Bowden with their wives. Heather Bain who donated the photo says she don’t know who the man at the front is. Most were ex RAF from WW2
Ted Tilly thinks that the ‘seated’ guest is possibly called Ford-Hutchinson but he doesn’t recall a first name.
RDB33 Bill Bain on Airways (or the Ocean?)
RDB 34 Barry Davidson sent me an aerial photo of Prestwick Airport and its surroundings. If my memory is correct Redbrae House, home then to the ScOATCC is visible and I think that the large white building is the then National Coal Board headquarters that became Atlantic House home to the new ScOATCC. The new NATS Prestwick Centre is next to the Atlantic House site.