Barry Davidson sent in this print and photo of the original 1935 Civil Tower, a colour shot of the Orangefield Tower and several others inserted further down the post dated between 1942 and 1960
PK0_1a The Tiger Moths appear to be G-ADWO, G-ADWJ and G-ADWA
PK0_1b from Barry Davidson and dated 1941. Still flying the civil air ensign and civil registered aircraft are present,
PK0_2 from Dave Smith Prestwick, RAF Volunteer Reserve Flying Centre. Blenheim Mk1 K-7557/5
Thanks to Malcolm Hemming for this photo of the original RAF Watch room on the old Orangefield house 1943-62
PK0_4 and from Dave Smith
Prestwick in 1944. An American visitor is in the background and two Coastal Command Liberators can be seen. I note that the windows are angled, quite an innovation at that time even though the Beehive at Gatwick had them in the 1930s. The only other one from WWII in the UK that I know of was Langford Lodge where they even had angled windows on the loos!
PK0_5 from Dave Smith, Prestwick C-47
also from Dave two film showing Transatlantic Air Control and Prestwick tower
and the 1944 expansion of Prestwick showing some ATC
three more photos, this time from Ray Draper
PK1b inside the RAF Prestwick watch room above. Looks like a USAAF visitor on the right.
PK1bb from Barry Davidson
PK1e (postcard from Barry Davidson)
PK1f lastly and sadly, Dave Smith sent in this photo of the remains of “the old Orangefield terminal tower” destroyed by fire. However Ray Draper commented that the building more closely resembles the original tower/terminal building.
PK1g from Barry Davidson. SAS Cloudmaster landing. Note GCA radar trucks in the centre of the image.
PK1h EGPK GCA Bill Bain closest to camera photo Heather Bain
On the back it has “Talking Down” an aircraft at Prestwick. In a caravan parked ..of the main runway, this controller is watching on a radar screen the progress of an aircraft landing in fog ad direct … over the radio telephone. This is the Ground Control. “
Part of it unclear. The Picture is Bill Bain and Morris Bennett and was sent to Bill from George Mundell Oct 1967 who found it after the NATCS display at the air show. Georges comment in a letter to Bill “taken in the old federal truck when you had a little more hair than you have now.”
More historic photos came in from Barry Davidson, a set of commemorative postcards, issued by Scottish Aviation, of Prestwick Airport 1935 – 85.
PK1g the new tower
Layout plan of Prestwick Tower egpk-tower-drawing-1958
from Tim Marshall
The controller in PK6 is Tony Riome, who worked at Croydon (really!!) in his early years! Alive and well living in Ayrshire (2016)
on the left is supervisor John Rogers, who was a keen aviation photographer. If anyone has a contact for him he probably has plenty of Prestwick pictures. Jon Wornham
ATSA on far right (sitting) is Mick Land John A Baker
PK8a is this the met observers post? (Barry Davidson)
PK10a Air Atlantique’s G-AMHJ in service with the DoT pollution control service with Apron Control in the background.
PK10_2 Viscount G-AMOG
three photos from Jon Wornham in the late 90s
PK12d (via Colin McKeeman)
a series of photos just entitled Prestwick and dated 22nd March 1963
SOME AERIAL VIEWS OF THE BRITISH AEROSPACE TRAINING COLLEGE
PK19 by Barry Davidson