ATC History is a growing collection of posts containing documents and photographic collections of UK Air Traffic Control in the second half of the 20th Century that have been passed to the Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers for preservation.
It will continue to grow in months and years to come placing on line other photographic collections that have been passed to the Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers for inclusion. We’d like to thank the CAA Library at Gatwick and the former NATS library at Hurn for donating the bulk of the material and all those from the ATS community who continue to add to it.
To all ATS personnel, civil and military, past and present, your comments, corrections, expansions and additions are welcome, invited, nay even demanded. This is your history, feel free to adopt it and contribute. Please remember that this is an ATC history site not just a control tower/centre site. we’ve added a lot of new towers recently but to do our job we need interior shots, people pics, equipment info too.
We’ve posted information and /or photos for every unit on which we have information. If a unit isn’t featured its either because they didn’t feature in the original donated archives (or at least are not identified in those archives) or that staff from missing units haven’t submitted anything (yet!).
Some unit posts have become very large and so now we’ve started “part2” blogs for LATCC, EGLL, EGBB, EGCC and eventually some others.
We have a lot on the training school at Hurn, and at last some material on the RAF’s Central School of Air Traffic Control at RAF Shawbury. Nothing much on IAL’s training activities at Bailbrook or elsewhere, or the other training centres that opened up in the last 30 years.
We have some personal archives. Some, like Mike Bloodworth’s and Arthur Childs have been published here, some like Reg Simmond’s material we are gradually feeding into the site. We also have an extensive audio archive of recordings and articles by Eric Matthews telling the story of his aviation and ATC career and we know of one additional recording of a speech by E Vincent Miller. We can digitise these recordings so we’ve expanded the site to accommodate the audio MP3 files.
I’ve recently been to the National Aerospace Museum at Farnborough who have a large ex CAA photo archive on West Drayton (Civil and Military). I’ve borrowed a large collection of mainly 35mm slides and some black and white glossies to scan in.
Additional documentation, charts, maps and unit photos are from Tim Brown, Edward Angus, Pete Clarke, Bob Jackie, Brian Macdermott, Alan Rosser, Colin Mitchell, Alan Jackson, Dick Gilbert, Tom Singfield, Don Gilham, Nick Phythian, Steve Richards, James Granger, John Dack, Peter Hargreaves, Reg Simmonds, Grenville Paget, Norman Henderson, Elvetham Publications, Ian Metson, David Thompson, Terry Day, George Jones, Dave Smith, Piers Gardiner, Barry Davidson, Dave Coxon, Les Tranter, John Bennett , Dennis Crabb via Bob Connolly, Phil Hayes, Paul Funnell, Harry Hockney, Roy Kendall, the Schaeffer family via Ian Dennis, M J (John) Douglas, Norman Henderson, Andy Rackham, Martyn Pawson, John Doig, Alastair C Campbell, Leo Marriott, Mike Harper, Dave Gearing, McAlpines, Mike Hirst, Chris Stock, Alan Dodson, Simon Card, David Greer, Ray Draper, Alastair Meikle, Mike Sargent, Eric Mathews, John Faulkner, Adrian James, Russell Coy-Burt, Mark Brock, Tony Mannion, Steve Balfour, the ‘Old Bartonians’ Facebook group, Bernard Brown, Mike Bloodworth, John Gilbert, Malcolm Hemming and some from Colin McKeeman and other non-ATS sources are already included.
Many thanks for all your comments – keep them coming. Once the site has been upgraded we’ll do a trawl through them and update the text in the various posts. Don’t forget to use the search facility. there are now many more posts (500 as of May 2021) than I can list down the right hand side (Max 150). Use a unit name, initials, ICAO code etc., to see if your unit of interest is there. You can also search by radar heads sites, radar types, communications and navigation aids.
happy (I hope) nostalgia bingeing