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RAF Brize Norton

Updated on November 5, 2014

Air Traffic Control Brize Norton

The purpose of this page is to attract the attention of anyone who has served at RAF Brize Norton in Air Traffic Control or Flight Operations. Ex-service personnel who were stationed at RAF Brize Norton are holding reunions and creating a photographic memory bank and communal memory and messaging service to link all those who served at RAF Brize Norton Air Traffic Control or Flight Operations. The purpose being to preserve the memory of their time together and create communications between ex-colleagues and present friends with a common interest in ATC and your contribution to that memory bank is invited.

The first reunion from that time has already taken place and is described below and further reunions are planned in the future, the next one scheduled for 2013.

it is obvious that, over time, memories will fade, old comrades will be lost, either through re-location, poor communications, forgetfulness or death and therefore what happened will slowly be forgotten. This site will preserve their memories of a moment in time. We invite your participation in sending e-copies of your photo's and written memories of RAF Brize Norton in order to help preserve the historical snapshot of that time and to join in the e-conversation between people with a shared experience. Your initial comments are welcomed at the bottom of the page. Text and photo's may also be sent to info@thepalomacentre.com and the web master of this page will be pleased to include suitable material on this site for you. So, get in touch both with old friends and make new ones who were there with you at the time.

The remainder of this page provides further opportunities to explore related subjects.

Picture of VC10 from Wickimedia, taken by Christopher Kern (Albion 05 and 06) and the Short Belfast by Peter Nicholson via Airportdata.com. Picture of Control Tower courtesy of Cali

Lost and Found 1968 - 2013

A small group of ex-Brize Norton ATC staff who served together in the '60's got together for a mini reunion at a Cotswold Hotel in January. Arriving early with a hope of being snowed in for the weekend a convivial lunch was enjoyed by all followed by some bracing walks to help the digestion (by some). Sitting around a log fire with a snowy scene outside and a comforting glass to hand the stories soon began to flow and as usual followed the traditional formula of "the older I get the better I was". Half a dozen strangers (and partners) bound to each other by nothing other than a common experience and a like minded enjoyment of each others company produced a wonderful evening that continued into the early hours. Tremendous!

Appearing in photo left to right, ex-Brize personnel: Paul Thompson, David Clode, Peter Oliver, Gary Clisby, James Lyall, David Dove

Aircraft at RAF Brize Norton

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Vickers VC10Short Belfast
Vickers VC10
Vickers VC10
Short Belfast
Short Belfast

Interesting Stuff on Air Traffic Control

VC10 Take Off

Commemoration Site

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If you have photo's or stories to share or simply want to make contact please leave a comment at the bottom of the page or on

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VC10 at Biggin Hill

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ATC Reunion, October 2011 ATC Visit - Get in touch again, find old friends

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Control TowerArea RadarLocal ControlJim forgets he's demobbedHappy band of brothers (and sisters)
Control Tower
Control Tower
Area Radar
Area Radar
Local Control
Local Control
Jim forgets he's demobbed
Jim forgets he's demobbed
Happy band of brothers (and sisters)
Happy band of brothers (and sisters)

ATC Reunion Witney October 2011 - Recognise anyone? Want to get in touch? Call 01295 277686

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VC 10 retirement - Photo courtesy of Aeroplane magazine

Local Controller on Weekend Shift

 

Do you have any old photographs of your time at Brize Norton? Can we help you contact old friends?

What can you add to this site to make it more interesting for others? - Introduce yourself to old colleagues

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Was anyone in Brize Norton around 1959/60. Looking for a gentleman who was in the air police squadron, by the name of Jim or James Bugarelly, not sure of spelling of last name. I believe he had a nickname also which was bugsy. Trying to locate him. Any info would be appreciated

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @David Dove: David,

      I enjoyed my tour at Brize and had opportunity to work with some really great prople there. Some Air Ministry ex RAF had some terrific war stories. Wing Commander Chudley accepted surrender of a German Air Base and flew a small observation plane back home. He had a German officer fly it around the airfield first. He also went into Africa to find a downed aircrew. Good friend Flt Lt Harvey Davenport flew the Spitfire in the Battle of London. Harvey and I went to the racetrack often - he got some really good tips on a horse called "Little Topper" Great Times!!

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      David Dove 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Doug, Good of you to get in touch, nice to hear from you. The answer to the question (QFE) is correct. QNH is the regional setting, QMH was a random insert but which means " Shift to transmit and receive on ... khz. (or ... mhz.); if communication is not established within 5 minutes, revert to present frequency", similar to QSY.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I took the ATC test and got a 60%, - guessed at most (after my time), but I am certain the barometric pressure was QNH (Queen Nan How) instead of QMH. I was at Brize Tower from 1957 to 1960

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Rick NMI Franks, I remember you! I was at Brize at the same time with Chuck Criswell, Flt Lt Harvey Davenport, - good memories! Still remember the base gooney bird AF35903! That was a long time ago. I am now retired controller in Atlanta GA. Doug Black

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Wonder if anyone remembers someone by the name of Jimmy or James bugarelly, not sure of spelling, he was stationed at Brize Norton around 1959 as an airpoliceman. thank you

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: I would like to know if anyone remembers someone by the name of Jimmy or james bugarelly, not sure of spelling. I believe he was an air police at Brize Norton in 1959. All I know is his nickname was bugsy I believe. He was from New York of italian descent.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I was at Brize Tower in 1957,1958, 1959 - I was there when the first B-52 landed the City of Turlock. Worked with George Bell, Peter Martell and Jim Dobbs, civilian controller. Haven't been back since 1959 when I left.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      aw, 20% - forgot the answers but not dementia yet.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nicely done, I hope you are able to find more of your old colleagues from Brize Norton. Count me out for being an ATC, I only got 3 out of 10, and that was guessing :( Nicely done, blessed.

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      sousababy 

      6 years ago

      Here's the lens from my dear geek friends LabKitty that I think you might enjoy: https://hubpages.com/travel/aircraft-identificatio

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      Rose

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      sousababy 

      6 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this gem.

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      sousababy 

      6 years ago

      Wow, this is a wonderful tribute indeed. Love the weekend local controller too. I'll bet LabKitty would be interested in this lens - they are a team of geeks I adore on Squidoo. Will let them know.

      Take good care,

      Rose

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      thank you for sharing your personal photos of the vets. you all made history.

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