The LATCC Brochure (Civil and Military ATS) LATCC West Drayton Brochure
the view from Porters Way (Malcolm Hemmings)
now five new photos from Les Tranter
LWD0a June 2nd 1970
LWD0b 27 August 1970
LWD0c south face towards Porter’s Way 28 January 1971
LWD0d Civil en-route Ops Room 9th February 1971
LWD0e Clacton Sector Suite 28 January 1971.
“Note the vertical ‘Shrimp Boat’ dispenser between the two gents on the left! The shrimp boats were small pointed pieces of perspex on which one wrote the callsign in chinagraph, and then pushed them alongside the primary target in the absence of SSR (à la Battle of Britain). One pulled out a tiny drawer to dispense them. One problem with the shrimp boats was that some of the early conference tubes were slightly domed, and the shrimp boats would sail away towards the ashtrays. Despite widespread use in the US they didn’t last long at all in Mediator…!
I note that this photo was taken before ‘O’ date, the nightshift commencing 1945 on 31 Jan 71, an interesting evening…” – Malcolm Hemming
LWD10a Gordon Smethurst on a Pole Hill sector radar position 1990. John Gilbert on the right?
DTY Sector with Willie(?) Griffiths sitting on right John A Baker
LWD23a a further selection of sector photographs from John Douglas
above and below
the ‘spare suite’. Because radar is set up for Irish Sea/strip designators show SFD Sector/strips are test strips – callsign is XXXTWS1 – ‘XXX then initials of person initiating test’ – John A Baker
Showing both FIR South (E&W) and separate FIR North. These pictures are after the FIR moved into the area behind the CLN sector. John A Baker
LWD27a and here is another photo of FIR E&W courtesy of John Douglas
LWD30a at last some more TMS sectors photos via John Douglas who also provided the following three items
LWD30c TMA inbound routes
LWD30d TMA “other airfields”
This is the SFD Sector radar position John A Baker
the three 1 million photos below from Paul Funnell and others
LWD33b (from Paul Funnell) the clocks awards to the duty team
the CLN (rhandside) printer. John A Baker
Data Extraction Cell
Flight Progress Strips
Essential Support tasks in the Background
LATCC Simulation Services
Training section (in North building). Standing John Newman, sitting to his left is Paul Stroud. “I recognise the green/blue/red shirt !!” – John A Baker)
Instructor is Clint Gurry (standing) John A Baker
Standing is Dermot ?? John A Baker
LWD52a and LWD 52b system control photo and LATCC radars map (Scillies Radar?) from John Douglas
This is Ted Gardner with Terry Thomas from LATCC (standing). Possibly Ted was the first ATSA who qualified as a FISO to do FIR – confirmation awaited. It looks like an FIR position. Is this the award of a FISO certificate/licence? Is this the first FISO at LATCC or even anywhere. Answers please via the comments link at the top of this post.