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Keeping a close eye on anything that moves is the job of the traffic controllers. To do that they have to be lifted up where they can see anything that moves. This has given room for a special brand of architecture - control towers. The usual way to get up there with something stiff enough to give a platform that stands reasonable still in high winds is by using a concrete box section column that in its void houses lifts and elevators. The platform on top can then be a very elaborate design in steel or concrete or as here on Sturup Airport in Skåne, a scaffold type steel job clad in corrugated sheet metal. As the entire little complex of this airport was built in bright yellow sheet metal in the 1970´s the choice of color for the tower was obvious.

Seeing this airport today I wonder if the bright, now faded on southern sides, yellow color is just a nick of the 70´s or if it was chosen to make the airport visible from 20000 feet thus keeping down the radar budget.

Maybe Kajenn knows - this is after all his crows nest....

khmelins, Elise_d, Fixfocus, robiuk, pedros, kajenn has marked this note useful

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Additional Photos by Ebbe Rozel (Ebbe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2539 W: 732 N: 1910] (9625)
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