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30th Aug 2019, 18:06
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The regular MacAlpine pilot for G-APWY was Ralph...

The regular MacAlpine pilot for G-APWY was Ralph Mooring. Lovely bloke. One day as he was taxiing out we received a report from a disgruntled person he as going to take a pot shot at the next...
18th Jul 2019, 15:15
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How about this? A Luftwaffe target photo...

How about this?

A Luftwaffe target photo from 1940 showing Percivals at Luton Airport and the Vauxhall works. Both were subsequently attacked.

The lines across the grass at the airport help...
18th Jul 2019, 15:07
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Both the Naiad and Nomad were tested on the front...

Both the Naiad and Nomad were tested on the front end of Lincolns. Here's another pic from obviously the same sortie.
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21st Mar 2019, 17:09
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I think we discuss anything and everything here! ...

I think we discuss anything and everything here!

CJ701 c/n PAC/W/5754 FF Luton 1959 as G-23-1. To Ceylon AF (no date given) WFU 1971
CJ702 c/n PAC/W/5760 FF Luton 1959 poss as G-23-5. To Ceylon...
18th Mar 2019, 21:32
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Blimey! I remember Ron Harvey and flew a couple...

Blimey! I remember Ron Harvey and flew a couple of times in his Apache. It was some awful orange and white scheme and rumour has it he got a couple of his blokes in with a few tins of Valspar to...
17th Mar 2019, 18:19
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G-AISL was the Messenger that impacted the Flying...

G-AISL was the Messenger that impacted the Flying Club Bar. I arrived after he event and remember going round to the side of the helicopter blister hangar to see it after it had been moved there.
15th Mar 2019, 11:45
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That story is in Colours in the Sky. It's...

That story is in Colours in the Sky.

It's Cyril Claydon BTW ;) I remember Claydon's the builders in and around Luton in my yoof.
13th Mar 2019, 18:34
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Yes. I don't remember Luton Airways on it, it was...

Yes. I don't remember Luton Airways on it, it was 'McAlpines' in my early days (very early 60s I think). When the McAlpine hangar on the west side of the main apron appeared (allegedly it came from...
2nd Mar 2019, 16:37
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Posted By vintage ATCO

1962 ...

1962

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25th Feb 2019, 13:49
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Posted By vintage ATCO

I think you right about the brick wall but I...

I think you right about the brick wall but I don't think that is an RAF airfield as most people are dressed in civvies apart from the two policemen/security guards. That airframe spent time at...
25th Feb 2019, 10:07
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Posted elsewhere, this the first Jet Provost T.1...

Posted elsewhere, this the first Jet Provost T.1 XD674 supposedly at Luton Airport but I do not recognise the black nissen huts, nor the background. Anyone else have any views?

It first flew on...
24th Jan 2019, 21:07
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Hardly. I was plugged in on Luton Radar that...

Hardly. I was plugged in on Luton Radar that evening when the phone line from Heathrow rang to ask if I was working N6645Y, it had disappeared off radar. We had been in the clear but later went out...
16th Jan 2019, 10:02
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Posted By vintage ATCO

LTNman Your Percival Provost is almost...

LTNman

Your Percival Provost is almost certainly WV624 which dived into the ground after take-off from Cranfield 30.12.57 killing the US Navy pilot on board. It is thought the instrument panel...
13th Jan 2019, 14:54
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13 October 2005 ...

13 October 2005

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13th Jan 2019, 14:51
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Posted By vintage ATCO

9 March 2004 ...

9 March 2004

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11th Jan 2019, 17:51
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Posted By vintage ATCO

it did. We didn't have runway shoulders in those...

it did. We didn't have runway shoulders in those days so many loose stones were blasted towards the elevated runway lights.



Yes, but not for long. It departed the same day.

It was parked...
10th Jan 2019, 18:19
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Posted By vintage ATCO

Apron Control

Apron Control
10th Jan 2019, 18:18
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Third. Luxair one on a Britannia subcharter in...

Third. Luxair one on a Britannia subcharter in the 70s (?) and a BA one in 1992 diversion from Heathrow.

It first diverted to Prestwick but when it got up country the weather went out in Scotland...
21st Dec 2018, 17:23
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Posted By vintage ATCO

There doesn't appear to be anything landing or...

There doesn't appear to be anything landing or taking off from Gatwick currently.
11th Dec 2018, 15:27
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Dated Sep 1953, WF119 Sea Prince T Mk 1...

Dated Sep 1953, WF119 Sea Prince T Mk 1 (annotated on the back of the photo), to Royal Navy then A&AEE Boscombe Down 1951. Used for various trials. Scrapped in 1963. Luton Flying Club Auster J1N...
Forum: ATC Issues
30th Nov 2018, 19:04
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Posted By vintage ATCO

There was, god bless its valves. I held the first...

There was, god bless its valves. I held the first UK validation on an AR15 in 1974. The antenna was on a small tower but we were already over 500ft up so the antenna was angled half a degree down....
Forum: ATC Issues
30th Nov 2018, 18:43
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Posted By vintage ATCO

What ever happened to oktas . . . . . ?

What ever happened to oktas . . . . . ?
4th Oct 2018, 11:39
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Yes, he was told not to use afterburner on the go...

Yes, he was told not to use afterburner on the go around . . . . did so, and busted London's airspace. :)

I believe it was all sorted out on the jellybone. :ok:
1st Oct 2018, 17:38
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Posted By vintage ATCO

Noise limits use to be 112PNdB by day and 102PNdB...

Noise limits use to be 112PNdB by day and 102PNdB at night (no idea what they are now). We had a B727 depart one night off runway 26 which scored 115PNdB on the clapometer. Noise complaints were...
26th Sep 2018, 18:51
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Posted By vintage ATCO

The early morning departures use to keep me awake...

The early morning departures use to keep me awake too, and that's when I was at work!
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