Airmail Arrows

Scattered across the United States are a network of mysterious concrete arrows. The purpose was important: helping early pilots navigate U.S. transcontinental flights at night.

In a era before radar, pilots used ground-based landmarks for guidance. This solution worked for flight during the day, but grounded pilots at night. Before long, a system of beacons was established across the United States to guide airmail pilots around-the-clock. When radar and radio communications made the beacons obsolete years later, most were torn down or abandoned. The ones that are left are often found in remote locations or areas difficult to access. Fearless, Montego, Pappy, & Sam trekked out to find 2 in the Southern Calif desert. We camped the night before at Owl Canyon camp, near Barstow…



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