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Old 08-29-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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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?
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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Were can one find one of these arrows?
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:02 PM   #3
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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?
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:05 PM   #4
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Here's one

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&t=...049570084&z=20
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
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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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Old 08-29-2013, 01:54 PM   #7
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I think this site has them. http://wchsutah.org/aviation/navigation-arrows.php


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Old 09-17-2013, 06:48 AM   #8
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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?)

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

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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Old 09-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #10
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Good idea.

I'll try to contribute! Hope to get plenty of pics for ya.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:09 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:28 AM   #12
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...a nail biter and comedy at the same time.
Like a good Sunday morning ride done correctly.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:47 PM   #13
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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?
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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.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:51 AM   #15
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Thanx for tossin this up.... now I can spend countless tag hours trying to find one...
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...
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