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28A SF-SL Buena Vista

GPS: 40.075377, -118.181521

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Location / Airway

Location / Name

NEVADA:  Pershing County

28A SF-SL Buena Vista, site No. 28A on the San Francisco-Salt Lake airway, Parran cutoff, 1 mile from Department of Commerce intermediate Landing Field 28B SF-SL Humboldt DOCILF
AKA 28A SF-SL Humboldt DOCILF, 28A SF-SL RochesterDOCILF, 28A SF-SL Buena Vista DOCILF

GPS: 40.075377, -118.181521

Transcontinental Airway

Route established September 8, 1920

Pilots Log February 21, 1921, Between SLC + 363. Humboldt Lake, NEV. and SLC + 388. Hazen, Nev. segment
U. S. Post Office pilots

Night Airmail

Flights started on July 1, 1924

Contract Air Mail

CAM #18 San Francisco CA-Chicago IL
Route established July 1, 1927
San Francisco-Salt Lake airway
Reno-Elko section
Boeing Air Transport awarded CAM #18 on January 28, 1927


Air Comerce Bulletin Vol 2 No.10 Page 265
This SF-SL airway beacon will be discontinued effective November 30, 1930. 
Site No. 26___ 2,000,000 candlepower beacon light in operation near Lovelock and two green course lights flashing characteristic No. 6.  This field covered by Airway Bulletin No. 850 is to be abandoned.

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Observations and Notes

The Humbolt Arrow "28A SF-SL" is located approximately 20 miles south of I-80 out in the middle of the Nevada desert.  To get to it we exited I-80 at Coal Canyon Rd (exit #112), which eventually turns into Iron Mine Rd.  The first 17 miles was well paved.  We then turned left off of Iron Mine Rd and drove about 2 miles out to the arrow.  The arrow is located on a small rise, and by using four-wheel drive the last ¼ mile we were able to drive right to the arrow itself.
The arrow is complete but in very poor condition.  It has multiple cracks and has broken apart.

The arrow is 57 feet in length.

The pilot would approach the tail of the arrow on a compass heading of 80° (E-NE), and then exit the arrow on a compass heading of 80° (E-NE).
(All measurements and compass headings are approximate).


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Air Commerce Bulletin Vol. 4, No. 16, February 15, 1933, Page 407

San Francisco-Salt Lake airway-Humbolt, Nev. (site No. 28A): The Department of Commerce 24-inch clear rotating airway beacon light 15 miles southeast of Lovelock, 2 miles west of the Humbolt intermediate landing field, has been replaced by a 36-inch rotating airway beacon light, showing six flashes per minute. Red Course lights flash dash, dot, dash (_._)

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