1964 FAA FLIGHT CHECK AERIALS
While stationed at Kadena Air Base I was an electronics technician working on Flight Facilities Navigational Aids ground stations for the 1962nd Communications Group. These systems provided navigational information to aircraft in the days before GPS systems. Every few months the FAA (Federal Aviation Agency) sent aircraft and crews to the various US bases in the Far East to test the navigational aids to make sure they were transmitting the correct information. The aircraft would fly special courses and measure the information being transmitted. In 1964 I went on one of the flights and shot a lot of aerial photos of Okinawa as we flew around the island. These are some photos from the flight. You will see Naha, Kadena, White Beach and other areas around central Okinawa.