Radio Beacon Station Building Used at Ford Airport, 1927

Summary

The radio beacon may be Henry Ford's most important contribution to aviation. Early pilots depended on landmarks, preventing reliable navigation in bad weather. Ford's engineers developed a radio beacon that simultaneously transmitted the Morse code letter "A" (dot-dash) in one direction and the letter "N" (dash-dot) in another. The pilot steered until the separate signals merged into a steady hum.

The radio beacon may be Henry Ford's most important contribution to aviation. Early pilots depended on landmarks, preventing reliable navigation in bad weather. Ford's engineers developed a radio beacon that simultaneously transmitted the Morse code letter "A" (dot-dash) in one direction and the letter "N" (dash-dot) in another. The pilot steered until the separate signals merged into a steady hum.

Artifact

Radio station

Date Made

1927

Heroes Of The Sky
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Heroes of the Sky

Object ID

00.136.446

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Metal
Glass (Material)
Paint (Coating)

Color

Yellow
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Width: 120 in

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