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Old 4th Apr 2009, 17:12
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Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: South Midlands
Age: 72
Posts: 22
Zooker asked " Where does the term bandbox originate? "

This is how it was explained to me when I joined ATC 41 years ago.

A bandbox is a 17th century word given to a light cylindrical box used by military officers, clergymen and the aristocracy for storing their ruffs (then known as bands), collars, caps etc.

Over the years it has also come to mean to tidy things away i.e. put them in a bandbox.

In the early days of ATC many of the senior controllers were ex-RAF officers and the term "bandbox" was coined to indicate collapsing sectors onto one position or tidying up as you might say. The fact that radar consoles at that time were circular made it seem as though all the sectors had been put into a bandbox.

This explanation had the ring of truth about it so I've always believed it.
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