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Near Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Beacon Field Airport

 
 
Beacon Field Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By A.M.Hicks, August 18, 2009
1. Beacon Field Airport Marker
Inscription. In 1929, Airway Beacon No. 55, a pilotís navigation aid, was installed on this site owned by W.F.P. Reid. Beacon Field is named for the beacon tower. Under the Civilian Pilot Training Program established in 1938, Ashburn Flying Service trained hundreds of pilots at Beacon Field for military service to support World War II. In 1942, the airport was temporarily closed for security reasons. The Civil Aeronautics Administration Region One Safety Office moved here following the war. Veterans of World War II and the Korean conflict trained under the GI Bill at the Lehman/Reid flying school. Many became commercial pilots. Beacon Field Airport closed 1 October 1959.
 
Erected 2009 by Fairfax County History Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission marker series.
 
Location. 38° 46.2′ N, 77° 4.967′ W. Marker is near Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Richmond Highway (U.S. 1) and Memorial Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located on the Beacon Center property at the south entrance from Memorial Street. This is the Beacon Hill area of Fairfax County.
Beacon Field Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Friends of Beacon Field Airport, February 4, 2012
2. Beacon Field Airport Marker
Other nearby marker US Route 1 Wall of Aviation located approximately 2 miles south on US 1 roadside of Costco complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6700 Richmond Highway, Alexandria VA 22306, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Huntley ( approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Huntley ( approx. ĺ mile away); Defenses of Washington ( approx. 0.8 miles away); Saint Mark's Episcopal Church ( approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Defenses of Washington ( approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Willard ( approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Willard ( approx. 1.3 miles away); Hybla Valley Airport ( approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
More about this marker. Marker was installed on August 18, 2009, and the dedication ceremony held August 19, 2009.
 
Also see . . .
1. The History of Beacon Field. Notable celebrities, historic aviation and area photos, and detailed history of City View, the Reid and Barton families can be found on the website. “Initially the airfield was named Groveton Flying Field and was used for recreational flying and U.S. Air Mail pilots. The exact date of airport establishment is not known
The Unveiling at the Dedication Ceremony image. Click for full size.
By J.L.Hiller, August 19, 2009
3. The Unveiling at the Dedication Ceremony
L to R: U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly, Harry P. Lehman, and Supervisor Jeff McKay.
as W.F.P. Reid owned the pasture land on which a light tower, a beacon for US Air Mail pilots, was installed by the US Government in the late 1920s. The beacon was designated Airway Beacon No. 55 on Mt. Vernon Highway. At elevation of 249 feet, the area commanded one of the highest points in Fairfax County.” (Submitted on August 22, 2009.) 

2. Beacon Field Airport. Main home page for Beacon Field Airport (Submitted on August 28, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceNotable PlacesWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2009, by Friends of Beacon Field Airport of Fairfax County, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,140 times since then and 93 times this year. Last updated on October 20, 2013, by Friends of Beacon Field Airport of Fairfax County, Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on August 22, 2009, by Friends of Beacon Field Airport of Fairfax County, Virginia.   2. submitted on February 9, 2014, by Friends of Beacon Field Airport of Fairfax County, Virginia.   3. submitted on August 22, 2009, by Friends of Beacon Field Airport of Fairfax County, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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