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Visual Evidence

Photo 1: Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field, control tower, 2004. [Photo 1] with link to larger version of photo.
(Floyd Bennett Field Task Force)

Photo 2: WAVE operating radio equipment at the control tower, NAS- New York, 1943.[Photo 2] with link to larger version of photo.

(National Archives and Records Administration)

Questions for Photos 1 and 2

1. Why do you think the control tower was constructed as part of the administration building in 1931? Does the control tower seem short or tall by modern standards? Where is the control tower at your airport?

2. Does Photo 2 give any indication of how busy the airfield was in 1943? How many planes are on the runway? What equipment that you would expect to see in a control tower is missing? Is there any other equipment that we use today that was not available to air traffic controllers in 1943? What sort of challenges might this present to an air traffic controller?

3.Why might a woman have been operating radio equipment in the control tower of NAS New York in 1943? Where might you find information for current statistics on the number of women in air traffic control today?

* The images on this screen have a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 1 and Photo 2, but be aware that each file will take as much as 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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