RN Air Traffic Control History


Lantern Swinger
Much has been said of the Fleet Air Arm (especially in this its centenary year) - and books have been written on civilian ATC - but there's not much on the Naval Air Traffic Control Branch.

Flying Control Officers were created in the Fleet Air Arm in the 1930's, and for much of WWII Carrier Controlled Approach (CCA) was done by Ds (Fighter Controllers) - then with the advent of jet ac in the 1950s it was felt deeper specialist skills were required and the task was given to ATCOs

I am currently collecting a history of RN ATC - both afloat and ashore - a specialisation that was often innovative and 'ground-breaking'; and would welcome contact from anyone how would like to contribute or find out more about this project (ATC, FC, HC, AC... FCO - there are still some around)

Looking forwards to hearing from you.


Lantern Swinger
Might i just add for thte sake of ballance here, Dont forget the lower ranks old chap. In Aircraft Handling branch it was madatory upon getting ones hook that you had to qualify in 1, Aircraft Handling 2, Aircraft Crash Rescue ashore and afloat. But Also Go to the Joint Air Traffic Control school and qualify as an Air Traffic Controller,s assistant (and i got a distiquished pass). If you failed any of therse three you were reverted. Then as a senior rate one could be selected to go for joint ATC tickets. So when we came of a ship those that wanted to put in for towers ashore and otheres fire stations etc. Ofcourse sometimes you went were you were put. Although i did work in the odd tower as soon as ther was a slot i went acros to the fire house. Whereas my eldest brother, who had more green tickets than an echo worrier loved the tower.
Well all im trying to say is that it was not just Officers who ran and worked FAA ATC.
Rescue One, Crash One back at the fire station, closing down on telephone contact - Out.

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