we just received back from the processor a lot of new photos taken on large format film. Some are of Stansted and they are reproduced here as a slide show.
The old Tower
photo shows the original two story war time watch room built to air ministry drawing 12779/41. In those days there was no VCR of course. To see a tower of the same design restored to its original condition visit
next two from John Bennett
SS9a John says that this shot shows the north side of the original control tower and
Radar c1993. The view below is a view from the old tower towards the approach radar / Anglia Radar building c1993 – all gone!
SS9c from Barry Davidson – for those of a certain age EGSS and CAFU are forever linked
SS9d EGSS Skyways Ops Centre: Original vintage press photo via Barry Davidson
The new Control Tower was topped out on the 20th October 1995 by Sir Christopher Chataway, Chairman of the CAA.
STANSTED Southern North Sea service
That looks like Chris Woolgar in the middle on both the above photos.
In order to do Anglia radar Stansted controllers had to attend RAF Shawbury and complete a military radar course using some antiquated equipment. This explains the 111 ARTS course photo (Area Radar Training Squadron!) – Bryan Brough
Bryan has also sent in some equipment shots including some from the new tower. They include the Old lighting panel – new tower, IRVR displays, ADIS input screen, “Raw” SMR (prior to multilateration), Stopper control panel, ATM with the usual Data Rate Control alerts and the Debden 23cm Radar.
SS27 click on each panel for a better view.
SS28 ADC desk early 1980s
SS29 Stansted radar late 1980s (L to R: Tim Moss, Bryan Williams & Ann Thompson)
SS29a The controller on Anglia Radar is Mark Vidler, the lady on the right I think is Hilary Taylor. The ATSA in the centre’s name escapes me, Peter?. from Susie Laurence-Doig (was Court).
SS30 Stansted VCR 1980s
SS31 Stansted VCR Interior early 1980 – Tony Foster John Vann Ron McQuaker
SS32 Stansted T4008 raw primary radar, the way things used to be with blips and all the processing taking place between the controllers ears!
SS33 Progress? Stansted T4008 Scan Converted with Plot Extracted Debden PSR & SSR overlaid taken at 19:04h 19-Mar-1988. The effect of the 10 mile “rain gate” can clearly be seen removing weather and small aircraft too sometimes!
SS35 The old control tower site Stansted mid 1990s. Radar is a 10cm Plessey Watchman with co-mounted SSR (at long last!)
SS35 Old style taxiway lighting panel in the new control tower Stansted 1995
SS36 “Sleepy Stansted” waking up prior to the morning outbound rush, summer 2008
SS37 05-Jun-1983 B747 & Space Shuttle combo parked at Stansted
SS38 It flies! B747 & Space Shuttle flypast 05-Jun-1983
SS39 The aftermath of a collision between DC85 RP-C830 executing a missed approach in fog and a parked Flying Tigers DC86 N786FT on 05-Sep-1982
SS40 photo via Barry Davidson