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Chapter Builds Airway Beacon

October 9, 2014 - Members of EAA Chapter 431 in Brodhead, Wisconsin, recently worked with local Boy Scout troops to build and erect an airway beacon tower at the entrance to Brodhead Airport. For a brief time in the 1920s, aerial navigation was accomplished by following a series of lighted beacons. The first lighted airway stretched from New York to San Francisco with beacon towers like this every 10 to 40 miles, as described in the October 2011 edition of EAA Sport Aviation.

Three of the participating Boy Scout troops’ scouts took on various parts of this project as part of their Eagle Scout efforts. The chapter also has the actual light, which it plans to restore to working order and place on top of the tower. Watch a time lapse video showing the progress of the Brodhead airway beacon tower project.

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