Night Beacons

In 1930 West Australian Airways operated an Adelaide / Perth service using 16 seat DH66 Hercules aircraft. The enroute stops were at Ceduna, Forrest and Kalgoorlie. Forrest was used for overnight accommodation.

The Forrest hanger roof was fitted with a Sperry beacon. A similar beacon at Loongana, 70 miles away, was visible across the desert. Also available at Forrest was a rotating electric floodlight with a beam that could be seen at Cook, 115 miles away. This was used for emergency night landings. [Job 1991 P.162ff]

The August 1940 Adelaide to Sydney Aviation Strip Map still showed beacons. The Goulburn beacon revolved at 6 rpm while the Cootamundra beacon spun at 7.5 rpm. This map also showed some radio broadcast stations [BS], which could be used for radio compass navigation.

Forrest still has a night beacon listed for present day use. [ERSA 25 March 1999].

 

Night Beacons

Page last updated on 31/12/03

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