Essendon Control Tower - Late 1950s
The console was of mainly blue-green painted metal construction with built-in communications circuits.
Note the light gun hanging from the roof - light signals to no-radio aircraft were still very much a part of daily life. Light guns are still present in all control towers today, but they are generally for emergency use only.
Click here to see the 1970s console.
Southern Airlines' De Havilland Dove VH-GVE sits on the apron outside, whilst across the field can be just seen some wartime hangars that were built on the south side of the reservior. These hangars were later demolished and the area became the site for the airport fire station.
Click here to see some superb colour photos taken inside the Tower in 1963
Click here to see an external shot of the Tower as it is today.
(Photos: CAHS collection)
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