from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tower at an airfield from which air traffic is controlled by radio and observed physically and by radar.
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- n. An airport building from which the air traffic control unit monitors and directs the movement of aircraft on and around the airport.
- n. An enclosed, raised structure occupied by one or more persons who operate or exercise control over railway traffic, ship movement, a racetrack, machinery, etc.
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- n. a tower with an elevated workspace enclosed in glass for the visual observation of aircraft around an airport
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"We circled one large drome several times, and then flew at the control tower at only five feet above the grass," Tusk recalls with a grin at the memory of the astonished faces of the Germans at the wide observation windows.
Stepping to a telephone, Tom called Harlan Ames at the apartment connected with the control tower where the security group lived.
Just after midnight on July 20, Airman Second Class Bill Goodman called the Andrews Air Force Base control tower to tell them he was watching a bright orange light about the size of a softball that was gaining and losing altitude as it zipped through the sky.
One of the most persuasive sightings came early in the morning when one of the ARTC controllers called the Andrews control tower to tell them that there was a target south of the tower, over the Andrews radio range station.
From the hangar he phoned the control tower to sound the alarm which would start an all-out search of the island and the surrounding waters.