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Old 21st Jun 2020, 9:16 am   #1
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Default Does this telephone unit have a name or description?

Please excuse the poor quality of the photo - it's a photo of a picture in a book.

There's a Jack 84 in the bottom left-hand corner and several push buttons for what I assume are direct lines. You can just make out the early British Telecom logo in the top right-hand corner. Perhaps made by GEC, Plessey or a similar company. It was built into a desk in the old control tower at Heathrow Airport during the 1980s.

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Old 21st Jun 2020, 12:42 pm   #2
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It's a modular system, possibly custom made for this particular location. The red colour could signify emergency use, possibly fire or some other priority service.
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Thanks Bill. I've seen the same device in use in the control tower at Stansted Airport so National Air Traffic Services would have been the customer. I haven't seen one on any of the popular telephone websites so quite likely to be a special rather than off the peg.
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An aviation focussed forum may be more likely to furnish more information. There must be an ex controller somewhere who would know at a glance!
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I did think of asking on PPRUNE but came here first as it's essentially a telephone question. A Tels engineer from an airport or control centre should know what it's called, purpose etc but I concur its red colour suggests an emergency angle. I've seen another one with one of these handsets plugged in.
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Old 23rd Jun 2020, 2:38 pm   #6
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Red handset no.3 with PO420 plug.
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