LATCC West Drayton

The LATCC Brochure (Civil and Military ATS) LATCC West Drayton Brochure

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the view from Porters Way (Malcolm Hemmings)

now five new photos from Les Tranter

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LWD0a  June 2nd 1970

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LWD0b  27 August 1970

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LWD0c  south face towards Porter’s Way  28 January 1971

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LWD0d Civil en-route Ops Room 9th February 1971

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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

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Here we have the LATCC stage half with the ATCO II ‘D-Men’ (and women..) and the ATCO IV/ATCA II strip-bashers. FPRS is over by the window on the left, AO/DO in the middle, and the FIR tucked in the corner. South Bank A- and D-sides on the left, North Bank D- and A-sides on the right. Looks like Pete Wyre on the Desk. Radar and Procedural were combined into the Mediator Stage 1 Ops Room at the start of the nightshift  (1945hrs) on the evening of 31 January 1971. A few radar controllers remained at SATCC ‘North Side’ just in case, and watched with interest, but only until ‘last orders’ in the Peggy Bedford.

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LATCC Pole Hill sector 1990 Gordon SMETHURST Radar Dannt GOLDWATER standing John GILBERT CSC

LWD10a Gordon Smethurst on a Pole Hill sector radar position 1990. John Gilbert on the right?

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DTY Sector with Willie(?) Griffiths sitting on right John A Baker

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Bob Rowland-Rouse Snr (R-cubed)  John Collier
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LWD23a a further selection of sector photographs from John Douglas

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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
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FIR

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

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LWD27a and here  is another photo of FIR E&W courtesy of John Douglas

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Flow Control

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TMA

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LWD30a at last some more TMS sectors photos via John Douglas who also provided the following three items

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LWD30c TMA inbound routes

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This is the SFD Sector radar position John A Baker

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the three 1 million photos below from Paul Funnell and others

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Skyport 10 Dec 1987

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LWD33b (from Paul Funnell) the clocks awards to the duty team

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the CLN (rhandside) printer. John A Baker

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Data Extraction Cell

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Flight Progress Strips

Essential Support tasks in the Background

LATCC Simulation Services

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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)

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Instructor is Clint Gurry (standing) John A Baker

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Standing is Dermot ??  John A Baker

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Enroute Charges

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System Control

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LATCC RADARS

LWD52a and LWD 52b system control photo and LATCC radars map (Scillies Radar?) from John Douglas

Telephone Exchange

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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.

Final Photos of LATCC ops room  Alastair Meikle
All taken during ‘A’ watch’s last shift before moving to NERC (a night shift)
Flight Plan Supervisor (Tony Dann)
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Ops room view from military supervisors position (right hand of supervisors desk)
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London FIR (Chris ‘Sid’ Addison & Sheila Bristow)
LWD60  London FIR (Chris ‘Sid’ Addison & Sheila Bristow)
General view of the ops room from above BRS_CAR_23
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BRS_CAR_23 sector (note new NERC sector numbers above the sectors
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LWD63  BRS_CAR_23 morning rush (0545) (Paul Swift is the ATSA, Michelle ? controller on left)
Radar display Sector 23
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Ops room entrance
LWD65   The (former) Ops room entrance
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LWD66  the LATCC(Mil) MASOR about two hours after it finally closed on 28 Jan 2008 via David Phillips

18 thoughts on “LATCC West Drayton”

  1. I must have had a “Thanks a million clock” from a rogue batch, because it kept working for many years. I remember going up to the office to collect mine personally from the lovely Joyce Morley. Now there’s a story or two!

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  2. Hello. With reference to the infamous ‘thanks a million’ clocks, (pic 33b)they were notoriously unreliable, in fact Mike Diggins MOR’d his when it failed to wake him before a morning duty! We suspected they were a job lot of old Argos stuff found in a skip, most of them were in the bin by the end of the week!

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  3. Hello, I was wondering if anyone on here could help me please. I’m trying to workout where someone worked (am doing family history). His name was Cecil and he was born in 1919 in Falmouth in Cornwall and was an air traffic controller during the 1960s and 70s,I think it was at West Drayton that he worked but can’t be a 100 percent sure on that. He passed away in 1980, I was wondering if anyone on here knew him or know of a website were I could find out more information please. Thanks, kind regards Mike

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    1. Mike

      Search this site using the word “seniority” or scroll down the posts on the right hand side looking for a post on Seniority lists. These list all the Civil Board of Trade controllers working in 1968. Is this a Mr Cecil or Cecil Dibble?

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  4. Image LWD50: the bearded guy at the far end is Colin Potter CO also at AIS Pinner, thereafter an ATSA2 and then ATSA IV at AIS Heathrow, methinks now retired.

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  5. Re. 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…

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  6. Hi John,

    Some excellent pictures here, take me back a bit.

    Pictures LWD56 and LWD57 of Terry Thomas and Ted Gardner were taken in the FIR simulator in the training section at West Drayton. From memory Ted was the first of the assistants to validate and shows him being awarded his certificate by Terry.

    I also have some pictures of my father Ray Pepall at taken at Uxbridge and Southern Centres plus some of my own. I can easily scan and send to you if they are of interest.

    Kind regards

    Mark Pepall

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      1. I’ll get started on those John. I’m off to see my dad tomorrow, his 95th birthday. Sadly he has Alzheimer’s but I’ll show him some of the old pictures, his memory of sixty five years ago will probably be better than his memory of last week!

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