Over 75 Years of Air Traffic Control in the Isle of Man 1937 - 2014
Also including Military Radar and Air Defence Control in the 1940s & 1950s
 
Ronaldsway has served as the airport for the Isle of Man since 1934 when a license was granted for public transport operations from a large field on Ronaldsway farm, in the south of the island. A rival northern airport was also established at Close Lake to the west of Ramsey. 
Named 'Hall Caine Airport' after the famous Manx novelist, it operated from 1933 until 1937. During WW2 Ronaldsway was
taken over first by the RAF and then the Royal Navy but continued operating (with both military and civil ATC) as the island's airport.
RAF Airfields were constructed at Jurby and Andreas in the north of the island.
1930s  A wooden building on the grass airfield
2010 -  Purpose built modern Control Tower
 
About the Project          Ronaldsway ATC History Summary
 
Through the Decades in more detail
Pre 1930s
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2014
2014+
 
Latest Updates:
5th September 2020
2020 Aerial pictures of HMS Urley Radar Site
1940s ATC
8th July 2020
Updated information & Pics of Ballahick & Red Gap
1930s ATC
20th June 2020
Updated information and pictures of the Cregneash CHL site.
1940s ATC
22nd January 2020
Updates to several sections
1930s ATC  1950s ATC  1970s ATC
12th February 2020
More informaton on ATC at the end of the 1930s
1930s ATC
12th February 2020
Hall Caine Aerodrome diagram from 1939
1930s ATC
13th January 2020
Some more information on the Snaefell Radar Station
1950s ATC
11th January 2020
More information on the current (2020) surveillance system
2014+ ATC
 
 Unless otherwise credited, all pictures on this website are  © Jon Wornham
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