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daGeeeze 08-29-2013 09:43 AM

Airmail arrows in concrete
 
There's an email currently circulating that explains a series of HUGE concrete arrows laid out across the country. They were to guide airmail pilots as they flew across country. The email link has pictures of some of them. I think they need a bike parked on them. Any interest? :ear

mr. thumbs 08-29-2013 11:00 AM

Were can one find one of these arrows?

sieg 08-29-2013 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by daGeeeze (Post 22209833)
There's an email currently circulating that explains a series of HUGE concrete arrows laid out across the country. They were to guide airmail pilots as they flew across country. The email link has pictures of some of them. I think they need a bike parked on them. Any interest? :ear

Link please:deal

btao 08-29-2013 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by sieg (Post 22210485)
Link please:deal

http://www.cntraveler.com/dam/daily-...ail-route2.png

Thraan 08-29-2013 11:43 AM

Here's one

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&t=...049570084&z=20

daGeeeze 08-29-2013 12:34 PM

Luckily I don't appear to be the only one to see the message. I'm hindered working on my phone right now. I hadn't thought of searching Google maps.

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daGeeeze 08-29-2013 12:54 PM

I think this site has them. http://wchsutah.org/aviation/navigation-arrows.php


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sealsam 09-17-2013 05:48 AM

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Originally Posted by daGeeeze (Post 22211314)
I think this site has them. http://wchsutah.org/aviation/navigation-arrows.php


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Nice link.

I should to be in St. Geo next month, i'll have to go find this(RedRockRider & StG, you listening?):ear

Great history on the arrows that I never knew about, thanks for sharing this.

daGeeeze 09-17-2013 07:35 AM

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Originally Posted by samthg (Post 22349242)
Nice link.

I should to be in St. Geo next month, i'll have to go find this(RedRockRider & StG, you listening?):ear

Great history on the arrows that I never knew about, thanks for sharing this.

I got it from an email that was circulating. I did a tiny bit of research and thought it would be cool if we could assemble a complete set with picture of adv bikes and maybe GPS coordinates.

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sealsam 09-17-2013 06:06 PM

Good idea.

I'll try to contribute! Hope to get plenty of pics for ya.

fltplan 09-24-2013 07:09 AM

If you want a good read, pick up a book called "Mavericks of the Sky". It's about the first pilots and routes of the airmail service, very good book, for pilots and non-pilots alike.

The airmail system was developed as a way to teach pilots to navigate as they were constantly getting lost over in Europe in WWI, then would run out of gas or get shot down.

The book's a nail biter and comedy at the same time. :1drink

MikeMike 09-25-2013 04:28 AM

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Originally Posted by fltplan (Post 22401818)

...a nail biter and comedy at the same time. :1drink

Like a good Sunday morning ride done correctly.:clap

pnoman 09-30-2013 01:47 PM

Wow
 
What a cool piece of forgotten history! I've never heard of these, but it must have have been quite a project in its time. Thanks for sharing.

Like someone posted in one of the forums, I wonder if sometime far in the future when our civilization has returned to the dust, will future inhabitants find these arrows and wonder what they were for? Kind of like the figures on Easter Island or Stonehenge? :huh

MikeMike 09-30-2013 02:32 PM

Then they will find an old KLR and they will understand everything.
If they find a BMW they will likely give up and look for intelligent life elsewhere.

MAN OF BLUES 10-05-2013 09:51 AM

Thanx for tossin this up.... now I can spend countless tag hours trying to find one...:rofl
It seems from everything I am coming up with, that the furthest east one would be in the cleveland oh area, my location..... during wwII they began eradicating the ones off the coast, as a protective measure against air attacks... go figger.

I'll be in contact with the air museum here shortly attempting to get some locations, I'm sure it will be the only way to find them, but it gives me an excuse to go there, ain't been there for 45 years...:deal:lol3


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