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What was that light that used to rotate across Wilmington, like a lighthouse?

Ben Steelman
StarNews

Most likely, it was the beacon at the Wilmington International Airport. Acording to airport operations director Gary W. Broughton, a beacon has been in operationĀ at the airport since 1950.

Private businesses occasionally rent searchlights for short-term promotions. During World War II, Army antiaircraft searchlight battalions were trained at Camp Davis in present-day Holly Ridge.

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2 Responses to “ What was that light that used to rotate across Wilmington, like a lighthouse?”

  1. On November 11, 2010 at 9:01 am Mister wrote:

    I agree it owuld have been the rotating green & white beacon at the airport. Many years ago, you could see the beams of light from this beacon all the way downtown as it swept across the sky.

    In recent years, there has been so much light pollution created by shopping centers, housing developments, traffic and other sources of bright light at night, so your chances of see the beams of light from beacon are slim to none unless you are very close to the airport.

    This beacon still does oeprate from dusk to dawn and during times of reduced visibility, such as bad weather etc.

  2. On November 12, 2010 at 7:07 am Stanley Outlaw wrote:

    Along with light pollution, in recent years the airport has reduced the brightness of the beacon.



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