From Tom Singfield, a new photo of the original Heathrow Tower
2LL01a and from Barry Davidson, the second tower in 1955 and
2LL01b in the 1960s
Below a wonderful photo from Barry Davidson of the GCA/PAR talk down radar at Heathrow, probably not long after it opened. The radar and its tow vehicle are on the right, in the centre is an ex military Bedford QL truck with a runway caravan built to a RAF design. The use of the vehicle on the left, possibly an ex military Ford truck, is less clear. The little concrete structures on the left are toilets.
Just in from Barry Davidson is the 1948 guide to Heathrow published by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. This includes several photos of ATC in 1948 including photographs taken in the original RAF tower on the north side, inside the GCA and a very early search radar on page 18 that I did’t recognise. It looked like it might be a former airborne search radar adapted for ground based used. The radar is now believed to be an ACR 111X that the web site radarpages describes as follows “Transportable Airport Control Radar. ACR 111X. Two Separate Radars. One was installed at Defford in July 1945. Two Aerials mounted back to back on a turntable, one 5′ Dia Parabaloid for 25 Mile range and one 51 x 3’9” High Cosecant for 5 Mile Range. One source say 600mhz & 3GHz?? The equipment below is believed to be the original display unit for the ACR111X. but also shown below is a later display from 1947 at Heathrow.
following it up Barry sent this Flight article on Heathrow that shows AIS, the lighting panel and an early radar console in 1947.
Barry Davidson reminded us about the book Heathrow ATC the first 50 years by Brian Piket and Peter Bish.
2LL05 it is available on line (at a high price these days but worth it).
from Barry Davidson a Flight clipping from 1955
from Ray Draper
a link to a film about building Heathrow
from Jo Suter comes a NATS Heathrow brochure
and from Barry Davidson six brochures on London Airport dating between the mid 1950s and early 1960s. Barry has omitted the spotter information guide from some of them and sadly the free cut out models are also missing.
another-early-heathrow-brochure (some good text on ATC inside)
esso-egll-guide from 1962
egll-gateway-to-the-world from 1954
boac-egll publication between 1955 and 1960
Ian Allan Guide from the 1950s ian-allan-egll-brochure-1950s
an Airway Article about the retirement of the old ACR6 and its movement to a museum
and another article about an early Heathrow simulator
From Barry Davidson, a page from the Illustrated London News of June 21st 1952 showing the ongoing construction of the Tunnel.
2LL10 from Barry Davidson
2LL10a from Barry Davidson
2LL11 Chris Prentice posed with a Heathrow simulator, doubtless the EGLL community will a details.
2LL1a Flight Clearance Christmas Day 1975
Martyn Swann, Yvonne ???, John (lighting Operator), Richard Almond, Maggi Singfield, Martin Trickett, Dave Mills. photo by Tom Singfield
2LL15 a chart from Steve Balfour
2LL16 1966 this chart and the next two from Colin McKeeman
2LL20 Heathrow aerial photo on postcard probably taken pre 1953
More photos from Barry Davidson
2LL21a Heathrow with Keith Waud on left – info from Tom Singfield
2LL21b ATCA Rita Leather in LHR TWR from Tom Singfield
2LL22 Tom Singfield also sent in a single strip, the last Trident into Heathrow.
2LL24a Starways DC-3 G-AMSN at EGLL 1958. In the background G-AMDB, a BEA Pioneer.
2LL25 Malcolm Hemming has sent in this Heathrow Radio Range Let Down chart. Malcolm guesses its from about 1950 – 10 deg W Variation might be a clue.
Looking at the runway configuration and the fact its “Restricted” it may well be even earlier.
2LL26 from a post card via Barry Davidson
2LL28 EGLL aerial view 1971
2LL30 The VCR in 1990, Steve Hobbs at centre