Airway Beacon and Tower


Display Status:

This object is on display in the America by Air exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from the Federal Aviation Administration


Steel, aluminum, copper, glass, paint


3-D: 185.4 × 172.7 × 454.7cm, 438.6kg (73 in. × 68 in. × 14 ft. 11 in., 967lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Airways Beacon Light, last one operational in USA. A 24" rotating beacon light, with coded red signal light and control units. Top five feet of tower included. Removed from Crestline, Whitewater, California (near Palm Springs).


EQUIPMENT-Ground Control Apparatus

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