Loading Air Mail Plane Using Floodlights, Fort Crook near Omaha, Nebraska, 1924

Summary

Transcontinental air mail pilots relied on a string of powerful light beacons to navigate sections of the New York to San Francisco route at night. They flew night mail planes equipped with illuminated instrument panels, navigation lights, and landing lights. At airfields along the way, floodlights helped workers inspect the planes, refuel, and unload and load the mail.

Transcontinental air mail pilots relied on a string of powerful light beacons to navigate sections of the New York to San Francisco route at night. They flew night mail planes equipped with illuminated instrument panels, navigation lights, and landing lights. At airfields along the way, floodlights helped workers inspect the planes, refuel, and unload and load the mail.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

01 July 1924

Subject Date

01 July 1924

Creators

Unknown

Collection Title

Aeronautics Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1629.193

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 5 in

Width: 7.125 in

Inscriptions

on front: Omaha. July 1, 1924- All photos made by use of field flood lights / Loading plane for the west - E. M. Ellison - pilot

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