GP0 the earliest photo we’ve seen of the tower before the terminal and hotel were built
looking through the memoires of Eric Matthews he mentions that in 1936 Speke had what he believes was the only location at which there was a Marconi Beam Approach System with Marker Beacons all operating on Medium Frequencies.
Mr George Pickup the duty “Key Thumper” taken through the hatch by the duty ATCO in 1947 during a break on Grand National day. Note the Direction Finding Receiver (Bellina-tosi array on the tower)
GP2a George Pickup
Steve Balfour has provided some welcome additions to the EGGP post.
(and GP3a via Barry Davidson)
These Mustangs come from three units of the USAAF, one Eighth Airforce and two Ninth Airforce. QL is the 22nd Reconnaissance Squadron, 69th Reconnaissance Group; YC is the 16th Reconnaissance Squadron also from the 69th RG and CY is the 343rd Fighter Squadron from the 55th Fighter Group. Near Liverpool both Haydock Park and Burtonwood were major USAAF bases, maybe they had diverted in due weather at Burtonwood or there was a USAAF staff meeting at Speke. Its taken in the first half of 1945, possibly just after the end of the war in Europe.
(and GP3b Taken on 23 February 1965 – Les Tranter)
and GP3d from Barry Davidson. there are a lot of spectators on the roof; were the Beatles or another merseybeat group or Liverpool FC or Everton FC due?
GP3e G-AMOY or OX
Percival Prince G-AMLZ of Shell Oils outside the art deco splendour of the former Liverpool Speke Airport terminal now the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Liverpool John Lennon Airport July 2013
Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel Airside
Jon Wornham added these three of the tower in the winter of 1981/82
GP8a US NAVY 22255
GP8b Jon is the bearded cadet on the left
our thanks to Alastair Meikle for the following photos
GP9 Runway control, touchdown end rwy 27. ATC Avenger Estate
GP9a Interior of Runway Control Van (touchdown Rwy 27)
GP10 First Boeing 747 to land at Liverpool with tower and terminal behind.
GP11 Liverpool tower Al Heys (?) on left
GP12 Inside the old Liverpool Airport terminal. Flight briefing room on right
GP13 Liverpool Airport ‘Remote Met’, when ATCA’s took over met observations the runway control van was closed and the runway control ATCA combined both jobs from ‘Remote Met’
GP14 Observers desk ‘Remote Met’
GP15 Cloudbase recorder in remote met
GP16 Merseyside Fire Brigade ‘Pathfinder’
two more photos from Ray Draper
GP17 both feature Keith Williams – extreme left below.
and now another 7 photos from Paul Funnell
GP19 EGGP Tower 1967
GP19a via Barry Davidson British Eagle BAC1-11 G-ATPJ named “Stalwart”.
GP20 EGGP TWR 1967 Rob RAYNER Derek DENNINGTON Alan HAYES and Elsie
GP21 EGGP New Rwy 28 caravan
GP22 EGGP App lighting
GP23 EGGP App lighting in Mersey
GP24 EGGP BEA fleet div to EGGP fog at EGCC 1967
GP25 EGGP RWY 28 RAF Short Belfast Training 1967
GP26 from Barry Davidson.Autair Airspeed Ambassador at Speke
GP26a Invicta Viking G-AHPL at Speke
and three more from Barry
GP27 Chrisair G-ADDI. Barry tells me the white hangar is diagnostic of this being Liverpool “as it was built in the 1930s to accommodate Railway Air Service companies and also appears in several reference works about the RAS companies”.
GP28 Chrisair G-ADDI
and now for six photos from Norman Henderson dated 1973/74
GP30 Ian McDonnel 1974
GP31 Vince Lawson (L), Ian McDonnel (R)
GP32 tower assistants desk
GP33 From G-ARMP
GP34 Rwy 27 from G-ARMP
and now for