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Infrared Lantern Beacon

Artifact Details

A black lantern beacon.

During the Vietnam War, soldiers used infrared lantern beacons to mark airdrop and landing-field locations.

Modifications by Agency technicians transformed this commercial Coleman lantern into an infrared beacon that could be seen from as far away as 250 feet.  Gasoline powered and painted dull black, the beacon emitted a narrow vertical infrared beam as well as some visible light, making it useful for marking air-drop and landing-field locations during the Vietnam war.

Artifact Specs

21 cm x 41 cm

(D x H)