New Guinea 'Control Tower' - c.1940s

When DCA took over responsibility for Air Traffic Control in Papua and New Guinea from the RAAF in the immediate post-War era, it also inherited the RAAF's wartime equipment, such as this unidentified 'Control Tower'. Material shortages meant that purpose-built facilities were some time off. There was no radio, all control being exercised visually by signal lamp or flare pistol. Note the landing 'T' signal at left indicating the runway in use and the drums full of soil to hold the roof on!

(Photo: CAHS collection)

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