(for US Hyperscalers) Ever wonder what all those concrete arrows are for?

(for US Hyperscalers) Ever wonder what all those concrete arrows are for?

Joined: July 29th, 2006, 1:18 am

July 11th, 2018, 5:59 pm #1

A look back at a bygone era in US aviation history: Arrows Across America
Michael McMurtrey
IPMS-USA #1746
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CAHS #5646
Carrollton, TX

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Joined: December 30th, 2008, 9:31 pm

July 13th, 2018, 1:08 am #2

thanks Mike...very interesting
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Joined: October 22nd, 2005, 9:08 pm

July 13th, 2018, 4:57 pm #3

One of them is the key to Superman's incredible Fortress of Solitude!

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Joined: August 18th, 2004, 6:37 pm

July 15th, 2018, 2:44 am #4

They are scattered around El Paso as the air routes followed an East-West line over West Texas and New Mexico (AZ and CA too).  I have visited several over the years. Two of the photos below only show the foundation for the beacon tower. In those locations the arrows were either buried, or in one case broken up.
Mt. Riley Intermediate Field (Navigational arrow  {Nov 05}) 1.JPG
Columbus Airport (Directional arrow  {June 05}) 2.JPG
George Summit (beacon pad).JPG
Airway Beacon site (near Noria {April 2006}) 2.JPG
Hudspeth CAA Intermediate Field (Mar 2006) 1.JPG
Clifford Bossie

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http://www.angelfire.com/dc/jinxx1/Wildcat/F4F_pt1.html
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Joined: July 29th, 2006, 1:18 am

July 15th, 2018, 7:44 pm #5

Another great site for US aviation history is https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009945721.
You can view and download copies of the US Department of Commerce Airway Bulletins, which were issued from 1927 to 1931 and depict the first US airports. There were 1,259 of these published!
Michael McMurtrey
IPMS-USA #1746
IPMS-Canada #1426
CAHS #5646
Carrollton, TX

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