The following are just a small selection of our collection of ATC Audio.  We have already produced three AUDIO CDs, which will be re-released once they have been further improved, more will be released in due course.


We would really like to hear from anyone who still has any old ATC recordings. If you have, please get in touch via the CONTACT page.

Tuesday 15th February 1977

If you were still attending school in February 1977, you might have been lucky enough to catch a numbers of diversions during the morning because it would have been half-term, although it was a grey morning with low cloud and really the only chance of seeing these aircraft was at the airport itself. Fortunately, by the time the Thai DC-8 arrived, the cloud was beginning to break to give a relatively pleasant day. 


Among the various diversions on this clip are the following:

Ghana Airways VC-10 9G-ABO (GH702 from Accra/Rome)

Sudan Airways B.707 ST-AFB (SD112 from Khartoum/Rome)

Thai International DC-8 HS-TGZ (TG900 from Bangkok/Athens)

Diversion Day - 15th February 1977.mp3
MP3 audio file [11.8 MB]

Thursday 5th January 1978

Starts with London 128.05 tracking AC852 YVR-LHR, GK6810 JFK-MAN & Laker G-BW on a training flight. Also GK6810 working 128.05 then 119.4. Sabena OO-SGA on Shanwick 123.95 and finally HS.125 G-BGKN & BZ502 on Manchester frequency 124.2

1978 - Thursday 5th January.mp3
MP3 audio file [4.7 MB]

Wednesday 11th January 1978

During the evening, Heathrow was not accepting flights due to strong cross-winds and this clip covers a few flights diverting to Manchester, and others diverting to Birmingham on number.2 set. This clip is also complete with sound effects and being seven floors up in a flat, it was scary!! 

1978 - Wednesday 11th January.mp3
MP3 audio file [2.5 MB]

Friday 27th January 1978

HS.125 G-ASNU and BE963 are featured on this cold and snowy Friday morning. 

1978 - Friday 27th January.mp3
MP3 audio file [1.2 MB]

June 1978 - Manchester Airport ATIS

Something a little different. These were broadcast on frequency 121.95 and updated every half hour with a real person before automation!. Back in 1978 generally they started with 'Information Alpha' at 0550(local).

ATIS - June 1978 (1).mp3
MP3 audio file [3.4 MB]

Sunday 31st December 1978

The previous evening had seen snow in the North-West which made its way South overnight, intensifying as it did so. The audio clip features some more diversions during late morning and early afternoon, although most diversions had arrived in the early hours. The clip also features a number of aircraft returning to London plus an early evening arrival from Leeds, Air Anglia 823

This was to be the start of a three-month period of severe wintry weather. 

1978 - Sunday 31st December.mp3
MP3 audio file [8.5 MB]

Thursday 3rd May 1979 - Wardair 421

Setting the background to this clip. The Airport had began the process of resurfacing the main runway, which would take place six nights a week. This lead to the Corportation having to lay boards, refered to as ramps, over parts of the runway where either concrete was drying or where the top layer had been removed.  

WD421 - 2 May 1979.mp3
MP3 audio file [1.1 MB]

Wednesday 29th November 1979

A couple of diversions were captured during the evening of a rather unusual day. Due to the weather conditions, many Southern ATC frequencies not normally heard this far north, were clearly audible due to a large high pressure system blowing southerly winds from the Sahara region, which gave way to some interesting cloud formations during the day and a spectacluar sunset in the late afternoon. When people went to school or work the following morning, the southerly wind had carried sand along and deposited it on cars and other surfaces!


Anyway, of note on this recording are:

Concorde G-BOAD (Speedbird Concorde 170 from New York)

Tristar G-BBAJ (Speedbird 639 from Copenhagen)

Not a diversion, Invicta Britannia G-ANCF (Invicta 852 from Milan)

ATC - Diversions 29.11.1979.mp3
MP3 audio file [3.7 MB]

Additional info - Thanks to John Harrington (retired MAN ATC controller)

I am the Ground Controller on this clip and John Wildman was the Approach Controller. On this particular evening when the Concorde diverted in, our Supervisor arranged with London Control (LATCC) to route the aircraft direct from Strumble to Wallasey straight through the Welsh Military Training Area which in those days was a definite no no. We (ATC) had a great relationship with the Airport Authority and basically between us we worked out how many diversions we could accept and where we could park them. Generally when diversions were pending LATCC would 
ring us up and ask how many diversions we could accept. At first when wide body aircraft were just coming in to service we were usually only allowed to accept a couple although we always managed to talk that number up. But as Manchester developed it's ability to handle wide 
bodies so our standard response, with the airports blessing, was to accept 4 wide/12 narrow which of course was only for starters. We had some great diversion days.

Tuesday 26th February 1980

More diversions!

1980 - Tuesday 26th February.mp3
MP3 audio file [6.7 MB]

1983 - Various (Courtesy of Stuart Prince)

Many thanks to Stuart Prince for the following clips.

These tapes mainly covers transatlantic traffic getting their oceanic clearance from Shanwick 123.95/127.65. There is also some miscellaneous airways traffic and also occasional recordings of aircraft to/from Manchester. 

9 July 1983-31 July 1983.mp3
MP3 audio file [20.6 MB]
3 August 1983-21 August 1983.mp3
MP3 audio file [54.6 MB]
23 August 1983-30 August 1983.mp3
MP3 audio file [19.9 MB]
30 August 1983-17 September 1983.mp3
MP3 audio file [20.3 MB]
18 September 1983-11 October 1983.mp3
MP3 audio file [16.3 MB]

Wednesday 15th January 1997

Amongst the regular flights on this clip, there are also a number of diversions, including the first visit to Manchester of Brzailian-airline Varig, MD-11 PP-VOQ touched down at 1259 (VRG756 from Sao Paulo). This was also the day that the Airport finally got the go-ahead to build their second runway.  

Friday 31st October 2003 - Last flight of Concorde G-BOAC

British Airways Concorde G-BOAC was flown to Manchester today on its very last flight, and ultimately destined for preservation.

Concorde G-BOAC 31.10.2003.mp3
MP3 audio file [3.9 MB]