Top to bottom. L - R: The Cessna is Phil Brookes; he started to take flying lessons at Sumburgh and is now a Captain with Jersey European. Flight level 60 was the top of Shetrad's airspace, we were actually working under the Copenhagen FIR out to the East Shetland Basin. Bristow's 61N, the workhorse in those days. Russ Smith, who was Bristow’s Chief Pilot on Unst in those days, always used to wear a baseball cap and one afternoon was walking in having just landed as AOC MATO was being driven out to his Devon after his farewell visit on posting. Russ threw up a salute and Max Bacon returned it! Eugene O’Brien and I had a day's winching practice with Russ.
No explanation needed I think! A Nimrod on a "Tapestry" (fishery protection) trip. The Ninian Central needs to be looked at carefully to see Taff's imagination running wild. The fishing trip again.
In 1986 the unit handled its 200,000th movement, a British Airways Helicopters SK61, outbound from Sumburgh. Unfortunately the picture below was taken from a microfiche copy of the Shetland Times of 5 Sep 86 and the photo on the microfiche was no better than the reproduction.
Kim Martin (Fg Off from Brize Norton)
Ross Buchanan (ATC Asst) - 3 Jan 79 to Aug 79
Roger Tatton (Flt Lt from SCATCC, spring '82)
Ray Barker (WO - full tour 83/4)
Andy Watson (Cpl -83/4)
Phil Taylor (SAC - about 81/82)
Phil High (SAC- about 81/82)
Mike Smith (SAC - about 81/82)