Essendon Tower - 1940s
Under his right hand is an early version of the Semi-Automatic Altitude Assignment Board (SAAB), which enabled silent coordination of levels for arriving aircraft between Approach (located in a hut nearby) and Tower.
The audio console on the desk is preserved in the collection of the Airways Museum - click here to see it.
This Tower, the second at Essendon, while a vast improvement on the original box atop the aero-club, had its shortcomings. On one occasion staff wrote to Head Office complaining of having to stand ankle-deep in water due to the rain leaking in. The response was to offer a supply of waterproof coats and gumboots!
(Photo: CAHS collection)
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Toilet Facilities (Jack Russell - 1.84 MB MP3 file)
Doggos (night shifts) (Jack Russell - 1.4 MB MP3 file)
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