NATO Air Charts TPC and ONC
2015-JUL - PANIC: Some map stores are no longer stocking the printed NATO air-charts TPC and ONC. In case you did not know these NATO air-charts cover the entire World and are the starting point for operations anywhere on the globe, especially if the area is not well travelled. If no commercial maps are available then the only other maps you may obtain other than the NATO air charts are the Soviet General Staff topographics in 1:25,000 and 1:50,000. Finis. The printed NATO air-charts were excellent maps and furthermore, reasonably priced. One of my offices had the ceiling papered with the Middle East, made from all of the NATO TPC 1:500,000 and any office I used would have a large section of joined NATO air-charts over one wall showing the entire region in question. The map stores are using digital versions of the maps and large format printers. Unfortunately they are not able to print to the same size. This is not a welcome development. The cornerstone of all planning is still the annotated NATO air-chart even though all aircraft and nearly all vehicles are fitted with a moving map GPS. If you need NATO air-charts or even think you may need them then I suggest you contact a map store and find the ones you need before it is too late.
NATO TPC 1:500,000 air charts - Index for the Americas and the Pacific
NATO TPC 1:500,000 air charts - Index for the Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasian
Air charts show terrain, features you can see from the air and objects which stick up far enough you could fly into them. The NATO ONC/TPC series were made after the world was mapped via satellite in the late 1960s, early 1970s. Many were not updated, which was useful when you were performing research such as mine.
- NATO ONC 1:1,000,000 air charts
- NATO TPC 1:500,000 air charts
Refer to the index page world maps, above, in order to find out which map covers your location. ONC charts are referred to by letter prefix number suffix. TPC charts are one quarter of an ONC square, each square denoted A,B,C,D. so the top left of an ONC square is [letter]-[number]-A , the top right square is [letter]-[number]-B.
- NATO ONC 1:1,000,000 air charts index
-- Index of Americans Pacific https://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/tpc/americas-pacific-index.html
-- Index of Europe Asia Africa https://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/onc/europe-asia-africa-index.html
Refer to the index page world map
NATO ONC N-28 air chart for 1:1,000,000 Brazil, showing the position of the downed C-130 and landing zone in Predator (1987)
NATO TPC N-28A Air Chart 1:500,000 for Brazil showing the position of the downed C-130 and landing zone in Predator (1987)
NATO TPC F-2B Northern Adriatic, Istria
NATO TPC F-2C
NATO air chart TPC F-2C, Italia, section Roma, Pescara, Gran Sasso
+ SWITZERLAND, ALPINE COUNTRIES
NATO ONC F2 Schweiz
NATO TPC F2-D 1:500,000 circa 1972 section French Riviera, Marseille to Monaco
NATO TPC F2-D 1:500,000 circa 1972 section French Riviera, St Tropez to Monaco, showing clusters of motion picture locations.
NATO ONC G1 Spain, Gibraltar, North Africa, showing the city of Grenada and the Sierra Nevada.
+ GREECE - GRIECHENLAND - EASTERN MEDITERANEAN
NATO TPC air chart G-3A Greece, Pelloponese , Aegean Sea, Cyclades , Mani
In the above map, the line marked in red is the route followed by Patrick Leigh-Fermor on this first expedition to Mani .
NATO TPC air charts G-3C and G-3D. Full size map is 61MB so be sure you need it before you click to download.
+ KRETA - CRETE
NATO TPC air chart G-3C G-3D Kreta - The Stronghold
+ TURKEY, DARDANELLES, EASTERN MEDITERANEAN
NATO TPC Eastern Mediterranean , Turkey - the Dardanelles. A section from the map, below.
NATO TPC Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey, Sea of Marmara, the Dardanelles, Istanbul, Constantinople, the Black Sea. This map was made from several TPC which had been spliced together: F-3A, F-3B and G-3B
+ RED SEA
NATO ONC air charts, Red Sea. This image is an 800px wide preview but the full size image is 187.5MB. The image was made using H5, J6 and K5, K6 ONC charts
NATO air chart TPC M-7A, M-7D, M-6C, Seychelles. This was TPC M-7A and TPC M-7D spliced together. As ever, the place of interest, the Seychelles is on the edge of a map, although the main islands on are on TPC M-7D toward the top edge.
NATO air chart ONC M6,M7,N6,N7, Seychelles, northern Madagascar. This was composed of four of the 1:1,000,000 air charts spliced together. The full size JPG image of four ONC charts is 17,620 pixels wide by 12,336 pixels deep and is 87MB in size on the disk. If you printed it out, it would cover a double-bed.
Diagram of the NATO ONC and TPC air charts which cover the Seychelles
NATO ONC TPC air chart index, section Seychelles, Indian Ocean
NATO air chart inter-chart relationship ONC M-6, M-7, M-8 , ONC N-7 Seychelles
NATO ONC and TPC air charts of the Seychelles, extending to northern Madagascar. The full size file is 121MB.
TPC M-7A and M-7D
Admiralty Chart: Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden: Anti-piracy planning
+ PHILLIPINES ; Luzon ;
NATO TPC k11B Luzon Phillipines: Showing locations used in Apocalypse Now (1979)
+ SEE ALSO
+ EXTERNAL LINKS
+ NATO ONC and TPC Tactical Pilotage Charts (Air Charts) in .JPG and .PDF format at the library of the University of Texas
- www.gcmap.com - Great Circle Mapper, for generating flight plans.
+ KARTE - MAPS
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