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The Complex is provided with the first of its kind in the world 56-inch radar screens that provide the air observers with all the data required to control the air traffic and ensure safety of traffic navigation.
Eighty years after, at a hangar in Al Mahatta Museum, visitors find such aircraft as the 1937 AVRO Anson IG AKVW-UK from the Royal Air Force (RAF) used for the RAF Flying Training School and then the Air Observer Navigation School.
HEAVEN Bailey Cooper, with police air observer Jayne Kidd JOY Richard Hunter and his grandfather Richard Hunter at the police helicopter stationed at Newcastle Airport.
The 19-year-old was caught after the police air observer was able to direct officers on the ground to the area of the city from where the light came.
The Air Operations Unit has a team of two sergeants and 12 constables who are all trained air observers.
When the Battle of the Somme wound down in the dismal fall of 1916, air observer Fred Libby had 10 victories and was selected for pilot training.
Next came training as an Air Observer at St Andrews in Scotland, followed by Harwell.
Until now only air observers were allowed to wear the hi-tech specs but now the pilot can wear them too under new Civil Aviation Authority regulations.