Monday Blues: The Brackett Field Search Light is Gone
Wait, you say it is not Monday. I forgot, so a day late will have to do.
Yes, that search light, and its tower, atop the rocky knoll overlooking Brackett Airfield is no more. When I rode over to Bonelli this past Friday afternoon a crane and work crew were busy at work dismantling the tower, the lamp already having been removed. I don't know what the lights history was, can't find anything on it around the web but, if nothing else, it was a distinct landmark in the area. I always imagined it a relic from war years, but could never confirm that. I guess it is all irrelevant, now that it is gone; people who never saw it up there will never know it even existed. I do wonder what the reason was - did someone buy it, was there danger of collapse, has it been moved to a museum? It looked a lot like the one at nearby Cable Airfield which still stands; maybe they are a kind of generic small airfield search light, now obsolete.