Classic Gatwick propliners

Classic Gatwick propliners

by Tom Singfield
15th April, 2019

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WHEN Ronald Waters bought 90 acres of farmland adjacent to the Gatwick racecourse in 1930 in order to set up a private airfield, little did he know how that airfield would evolve over the next eighty-nine years to become the world's busiest single-runway airport. Back in the 1960s and '70s it became a hub for aircraft enthusiasts and photographers who, thanks to the viewing decks, could get up close to the aircraft and enjoy the eclectic mix of new jetliners and old propeller airliners. Tom Singfield, ex-Gatwick Air Traffic Controller and a fan of all classic airliners, has long dreamt of a book showcasing the glory days of Gatwick's classic airliners. After thirty years of searching out the very best colour images of that time, he is now able to publish the results of his searches in this book. These stunning pictures celebrate those wonderful times and the amazing and much missed 'propliners' that operated from Gatwick for the first twenty years after its reopening in 1958. Tom Singfield started work as an Air Traffic Control Assistant at Heathrow Airport in 1969 straight from Grammar school. He stayed there unti11978 when he trained to become an Air Traffic Control Officer. A devotee of aicraft 'spotting' at Gatwick, he went on to work there as an ATCO until1992 when the Approach Radar service moved to the London ATC Centre at West Drayton. He retired after 37 years in 2005. A busy aviation writer and photographer with a collection of slides in excess of 50,000, he lives in West Sussex.

Details & Specs

Author: Tom Singfield

Publisher: The History Press

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780750989220

Publication Date: 15th April, 2019

Pages: 143

Dimensions: 224 x 245 x 9 mm

Notes: illustrations (colour)

Availability: Available, usually dispatched within 3 days

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