No Filter: Historic aviation arrows land So. Utah in National Geographic

ST. GEORGE – Three Southern Utah landmarks dating back to the 1920s are grounded in American aviation history. In Episode 39 of the “No Filter Show,” Co-hosts Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair head out to one of them – a large concrete arrow on the bluff overlooking the Bloomington area of St. George. The function of this arrow, and others like it, was to light the way for airmail planes traveling at night during the primitive days of aviation.


Read more: Washington County points the way from Salt Lake to L.A., 1920s navigational cement arrows


Photos of these historical arrows, captured by the lens of St. George News photographer and contributor John Teas, were featured in National Geographic this month, fulfilling Teas’ lifelong dream of seeing his work printed on the pages of that revered magazine.

Joining the “No Filter” guys at the site of the Bloomington arrow, Teas talks about these local landmarks, the role they played in history, and the honor of seeing his images in National Geographic. Get ready for takeoff … and roll tape!

Ed. note: National Geographic publishes different content in various regions. The story “Pointing the Way” may not appear in all editions.

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Duane Fielding flies a drone over the Bloomington aviation arrow, St. George, Utah, April 21, 2015 | Photo by Dan Fowlks, St. George News
Duane Fielding flies a drone over the Bloomington aviation arrow, St. George, Utah, April 21, 2015 | Photo by Dan Fowlks, St. George News
"Pointing the Way" article in April 2015 National Geographic, featuring photos of the local aviation arrows | St. George News
“Pointing the Way” article in April 2015 National Geographic, featuring photos of local aviation arrows | St. George News

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4 Comments

  • ScanMeister April 23, 2015 at 5:44 am

    I came across a 1930 Navigational Chart that notes the locations of the concrete arrows in NV and Utah. Very cool indeed.

  • wilbur April 23, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I hope the photographer and Nat Geo had FAA clearances to use the drone photography for commercial purposes; otherwise they are breaking the law.

    • Chris April 23, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      “Duane Fielding flies a drone over the Bloomington aviation arrow”
      If that is Duane Fielding of I-works/Jeremy Johnson infamy, he is no stranger to breaking the law.

  • laytonian April 23, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Here’s a list of KNOWN arrows and beacons in the western US:
    http://surveymarks.planetzhanna.com/airway-beacons-list-western-u-s/
    For the Eastern US:
    http://surveymarks.planetzhanna.com/airway-beacons-list-eastern-u-s/

    There is also one across the freeway from the aircraft beacon, south of Mesquite.

    Since they were supposedly ten miles apart, there should be two or three more between that beacon and the one in Bloomington.

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