WASHINGTON D.C. — Bob Hoover will be recognized today, Aug. 19, for his contributions to aviation for this year’s National Aviation Day event at the U.S. Capitol. [Read more…]
The hangar will be home to several rare vintage jets from around the world where visitors can get an up close view and learn more about the aircraft and the roles they played in history. [Read more…]
More than 100 years ago, pilots had to trust a compass and their own bearings to navigate long distances — there was no such thing as GPS. At night or during bad weather, air travel was almost impossible due to poor visibility.
The U.S. Postal Service was severely affected by this, as there would often be large delays in deliveries if flying conditions were not suitable. One of the first attempts at overcoming this dilemma was to light bonfires that would mark routes to various destinations.
Unsurprisingly, this proved to be rather impractical, as a lot of time, effort and money was required each time an aircraft required them. Learning from this, the government then decided on the construction of several large and illuminated concrete arrows along popular aviation routes, which directed pilots to cities in America. [Read more…]