Airport Optical landing System (OLS).
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**[Photos coming soon]
Installed on a trailer.
Has a huge curved mirror.
Was called "the Meatball"
This is an early mirrored version of the trailered optical lighting systems that were used in the military at airports and on aircraft carriers. It is also known as the “Meatball”. They were invented near the end of WWII and this is one of the earlier versions that used a curved mirror instead of the lensed ones that came later. This one is probably from the late 1940s to 1950s. (I could be wrong). It was used up through the 1970s as is shown on a badge that says "BUREAU OF NAVAL W... MOLS SERV CHG RECORD ...[dates showing 1973]
This is made by N. A. S. Norfolk, VA. One badge says:
MOLS MK10 MOD 0
NAEC Ser. No. 261
The mirror is convex and sits in the center with the lights surrounding it. The mirror is in perfect condition (no breaks, chips, or cracks). There are 2 detachable light brackets that were placed on the ground while in use. It is missing 3 light bulbs and there may be a few more that are blown. None have been tested. All of the colored lenses that will be padded and packed separately [yes, I have the blue one that is not in the photos].
This equipment is untested and might be standard 48 volt that has been common in airport usage. It was probably intended to be powered by a generator tractor while on the tarmac. There is no title and is being sold as a collectible piece of American Military Navy history.
It has a pintle hitch, but I recommend that this be transported on a heavy duty equipment trailer with good suspension.
Photos have watermarks, but should represent the equipment well. If you are seriously interested, I can send more photos.
This is a museum quality piece that needs a paint job. It would also be great for your backyard airfield to be pulled by your restored vintage tug tractor.
The price is $25,000. Reasonable offers will be considered.
Serious inquiries please. Cash only. Local pickup only.