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Archie William League
First known air traffic controller.

Regarded as the first air traffic controller, this 1929 photo shows him dressed for cold weather at St. Louis, where the airport operator employed him to prevent collisions between aircraft. His communication tools were simple: a red flag for "hold" and a checkered one for "go."

Archie William League
First known air traffic controller.

On duty in his summer office. Note the rolled-up flags in the wheelbarrow, and the dangling lunch box. His other equipment included a folding chair, drinking water, and a pad for taking notes.

Archie League's Death Notice

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