Beacon Field Airport®

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Elevation 249 feet, Fairfax County, Virginia       GPS 38º46'20.40"N :  77º4'54.07"W
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Beacon Field Virtual Museum

 
A Captain's Collection

Courtesy Captain Arthur K "Oley" Olsen Jr.'s Family 

Unique radial engine airplane paper weight made of washers, airplane spark plug.
Mark VII Dalton Nav Computer
MARK VII (Model B) Dalton Aircraft Navigational Computer for Speed-Time-Distance Calculations with Altimeter and Airspeed Correction capability.

Computer True Airspeed Type G-1 by General Luminescent
Paraglide Protractor Model 1450 Nautical Plotter Set
Captain Arthur "Oley" K. Olsen Jr. (also Beacon Field instructor)
Captain Olsen's 36 Year US Air Career and Captain's bars
 
This magnificent pen and ink by J.Hager Reid of City View at Beacon Field captures the grand stature of an era gone by on Historic Route 1 in south Fairfax County.
 
This CAA Region One wood sign hung outside off the front porch of the CAA building at Beacon for many years and survived.  
The sign has unique artwork with the Wright flyer above the beacon light tower beaming across the United States on a crest of wings.  

 
 
 
The Groveton Observation Post of the Army Aircraft Warning Service (AWS) was one of the 7500 civilian posts in the nationwide warning service network that was manned 24 hours a day during the heightened security period of WWII.    AWS service pinsarmband, identification card and wings below.   For more also visit our Aircraft Spotters page:

 
 
In the early 50's photo below on the left, a WWI Army Biplane Jenny Hub rests on the Beacon office file cabinet over the shoulder of Mr. Al Steidel. In the photo on the right, the same Jenny Hub has survived another 50 years and will celebrate its 90th birthday not far from that very site.

Mr. Al Steidel
 
 
Beacon tower ladder lock



This heavy hardened brass padlock embossed with the CAA identification was installed on the base of the ladder that extended up through the beacon tower.  The lock prevented "unauthorized access" to the US Government beacon station.   When the goverment dismantled the tower, Harry J. Lehman recovered the lock and key for Beacon Field posterity.
 

During World War II,  Harry J Lehman served as a RAF Wing Commander, Director of Training at Clewiston, Florida, part of the US support program for the United Kingdom.  The Clewiston facility trained RAF who later became fighter, bomber, and torpedo flight personnel.   Harry corresponded with many British pilots following the war.


 
 
 
The LINK TRAINER building was the primary simulator facility that was located adjacent to the Beacon Field Office. Edwin A. Link invented the Trainer Simulator (ANT-18BIT) in 1929 as a safer way to teach pilots flying under instruments. BIT stood for BASIC INSTRUMENT TRAINER. Link hailed from a New York family involved in Nickelodeon and Organ production. Knowledge of pumps, valves, and bellows provided a great foundation for the his creation of a simulator that pitched, bumped and rolled. During WWII, Link produced 10,000 units, 1 every 45 minutes to support the war requirements.

To save this Link Trainer building, Harry J. Lehman contracted house movers to relocate the 20 by 40 foot cinderblock facility (shown below) to his residence. The ANT-18BIT was sold. The building has been reroofed and is actively used today.

Beacon Field Link Trainer Classroom
 
 
---Link Trainer Building THEN (1950s in snowstorm)
 
Alexandria-Virginia Airport, Inc was a large commercial aviation training program established in 1944 in support of the post WWII GI Bill and later the Korean War GI Bill. This business performed all aspects of the FBO operations at Beacon Field Airport including gas sales, rentals, airport maintenance and facility management.
 
Original Watercolor by Jim Crawford depicting Post Office No. 253 US Mail DeHavilland DH-4 biplane, with a 500 pound mail carrying capacity.   The mail was stowed in the front compartment.
 
May 15, 1955 training receipt for 1 hour of dual instruction at Beacon Field in N82146.

Courtesy of John Samuels: "1.00 (hr) of Dual -- $10 "
Courtesy Emrico Family

Open cockpit flying required special aviator eyeware. Below are four pairs of aviator goggles worn at Beacon Field including the Mark IVB that has a "flip down" sun visor.

USAC Goggle TYPE B-7
A M Goggles MARK IV B
AN6530 Goggles
 
MK II Goggles ---Courtesy of Emrico Family
 
General Mills' collectible Airplane Coins

Only in Canada,  General Mills' collectible Airplane Coins (2 sided colored plastic and cardboard wheels)  were included as prizes in boxes of JELL-O and Hostess Potato Chip bags in the late 50's and early 60's to the delight of many young people who worked their "parents hard" to complete the collection of 200 coins depicting Canadian aviation history.   The
 CBY-3 Burnelli Loadmaster,  which was one of the most unique airplanes ever to hangar at Beacon Field,  was recognized in the collection for its part in Canadian aviation history. 
(see the front page).      

 

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