Bob Pastore submitted the following evidence of what remains of Beacon 62 in Summit Hill, Pennsylvania (approximate coordinates: N40.819438°, W75.874985°). He writes:
62 is just south of Summit Hill, PA—a little town that the star on the chart is just touching. 64 is on Blue Mountain on the Lehigh Water Gap near Palmerton, PA. It appears as this is a CLE — NY or ORD — NY route.
As a retired airline pilot I recall flying these routes using modern navigation aids and they went right over Summit Hill and Palmerton.
If you look at the chart, note that there is an airway which comes out of Allentown VOR (the 291 degree radial noted on the chart), a modern day navigation aid put in place in the late 40s. They too are almost obsolete what with GPS. The airway is from the Milford, PA area and note that it is just below the arrows of the beacon airway. Not too far off as this was the principal route from CLE, DTW, ORD to NYC.
3 thoughts on “Beacons 62 and 64 in Eastern PA”
I know of beacon 64 well .. I do the restoration work of the mountain..I have some bulbs from the lights. I actually got a call from Washington to guide up some faa agents to find it for them …wish I had a picture
This is for Mr Pastore….I’m helping an Eagle scout to identify a “beacon” that used to be located near CXY on Ressers summit New Cumberland.
Do you have any knowledge or info.
rwaeger AOPA member
You asked about a beacon in New Cumberland, PA, near airport CXY. I think it may be this one:
You can easily view its location on my map of airway beacons here (just search for the PID KW3105):
As you can see from the 2006 report, it seems that the beacon tower is gone but the concrete foundation remains. It was apparently still in use in 1934 but the beacon light was removed by 1950. Unfortunately, that’s all the information I have. I forwarded your question to Mr. Pastore, but he doesn’t have any further information.