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32 SL-O Medicine Bow DOCILF

GPS: 41.887107, -106.189908

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Location / Airway

Location / Name

WYOMING: Carbon County

Commonly called Medicine Bow Airport
AKA 32 SL-O Medicine Bow DOCILF, Department of Commerce Intermediate Landing Field, site no. 32 on the Salt Lake-Omaha airway

GPS: 41.887107, -106.189908

Transcontinental Airway

Route established September 8, 1920

Pilots Log February 21, 1921

Night Airmail

Flights started on July 1, 1924

Contract Air Mail

CAM #18 San Francisco CA-Chicago IL
Salt Lake City-Omaha Airway
Medicine Bow-Sidney Section


Boeing Air Transport awarded CAM #18 on January 28, 1927
Route established July 1, 1927



Observations and Notes

The Medicine Bow Arrow is located in a small airport approximately ½ mile off of Hwy 30 in the town of Medicine Bow, Wyoming.  The road to the airport is a county maintained dirt road.  We were able to drive right to the arrow.  This arrow was the most unique of our trip because in addition to the arrow (which was complete), it still had the original beacon tower (and beacon) & original generator shed.  I found this amazing due to the harsh weather conditions that exist here during the winter.

The arrow is in good condition with only a few minor cracks.  The tower & beacon are also in good condition.  However, the generator shed is weathered and has been vandalized, but still retains some of its original paint.  The arrow is only 47 feet in length.

Due to this arrow being located at an airport, use of the drone is prohibited under Federal Law.

The pilot would approach the tail of the arrow on a compass heading of 83° (basically East), and then exit the arrow on a compass heading of 138° (S-SE).

(All measurements and compass headings are approximate).

Contributors Photos




National Register of Historic Places Application

This application has some wonderful old pictures of the airfield, buildings, arrow, and beacon.  This is definately worth the long down load time.

Medicine Bow Airport

Magazine article about growing up at Medicine Bow Airport, has photos from the 1930's


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