Archerfield Operations-Administration Building
& Control Tower
- 1957
rotating aerodrome (light) beaconTower cabFire Service vehicles

The Brisbane/Archerfield Operations-Administration building, photographed in October 1957. Note the control Tower cab on the roof. This Tower was replaced by a free-standing Control Tower in 1974. Eagle Farm had taken over from Archerfield as Brisbane's primary airport in 1949 and Archerfield became the secondary General Aviation airport.

The aircraft is Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer 150 VH-RQA (c/n 22-3593) of the Royal Queensland Aero Club. This aircraft was registered new to RQAC in March 1956. In November 1958 it was sold to the Darling Downs Aero Club, Toowoomba, and re-registered VH-DDR. Interestingly, the RQAC immediately transferred the registration VH-RQA to a new Tripacer 160.

Note the Fire Service vehicles on standby at the base of the Tower.

Click here to see some later black and white photos of this Tower

Click here to see photos of the comparable Parafield Ops-Admin building in the 1960s

Click here to read about the history of this building in Control Towers Part 1

(Photos: Richard Hitchins collection)

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