Airway Beacon and Tower

Red metal framed Airway Beacon with beacon light on top and Tower in museum
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Night flying presented special hazards for air mail pilots. In the 1920s, the Post Office established a system of lighted airways marked by powerful rotating beacons. Placed 16 km (10 mi) apart, they rotated every 10 seconds and were visible 60 km (40 mi) away.

Created:

10/03/2014

Photographer:

Eric Long

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A19730705000-NASM2018-10558

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

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Smithsonian Institution

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