for ATC T shirts have a look at Spreadshirt
A few bits with control towers
nice site here with RAF approach charts
nice link here about RAF Watchfield
Barry Davidson sent in this link about RAF Banff tower and history and also whilst researching into the history of RAFG Clutch Radar he happened across this publication which might be of interest to those RAF ATC personnel who served in Germany during the cold war. Reading the extract brought back many fond memories of his time there. There is also an interesting section on Flight Progress Strips.
Peter Hill sent details of this radar museum in Wales.
Tom Singfield sent in this link to a great photo of the tower and vehicles at RAF Upottery
Here are some photos of RCAF ATC including some in wartime England
We’ve received two great links from John Pluquet of Air Traffic Strategy (www.airtrafficstrategy.com)
They are firstly the earlier NATS History of ATC – the version produced by NATS around the turn of the millennium. The text (posted on the Air Traffic Strategy website) is reproduced there by kind permission of NATS.
Secondly John has given a link to the NATS website that has a feature (that John contributed to) on the need for modernisation of UK airspace, which contains a video illustrating the growth of UK airspace since the 1950s:
The Royal Aeronautical Society has been digitizing its audio archives of lectures, interviews etc and these are now available at www.aerosociety.com/podcast
Ray Draper has alerted us to the Australian Airways Museum and Civil Aviation Historical Society at Essendon Aiport in Melbourne which has a dedicated ATS section in the Museum
Theo Barton draws our attention to two photobooks filled with photo’s and info of 119 WW2 remaining control towers: http://www.controltowers.eu.
Theo has now sent us this link to an independent review
Here is a copy of the 2006 NATS history booklet
Barry Davidson sent me a link to this NATS article on Aberporth
Dave Smith sent in a link to a video of a film produced by the US Department of the Army Air Force in 1942, “Aerial Navigation – Airways Flying” shows various procedures for pilots and air traffic control. The film discusses the need for civil aviation rules, procedures and operations and an air traffic control center and tower, the meaning of green, amber, red and blue; Airways Flying 1942
He also sent in a search string for the IWM collection on the subject of RAF and RN flying control. Not all the “hits” are relevant but there are also some nice ATC/FC studies. He also points out that one featured airfield is East Kirby not, as described, West Kirby.
Malcolm Hemming has provided a link below to some ATC folk lore and humour at EGLL from Al Carter.
reference the ‘Legend of Mike Romeo’
A UK web site about our Control Towers
a link to the Art of the Control Tower Exhibition
There is often something of interest from NATS at
for everything the casual enquirer wants to know about ILS and MLS
Mark Brocks ATC History slides
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