In the trenches: CE bringing new lighting to flight line

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
New high-mast lighting poles will soon go up in one area of the flight line.

A total of five, 100-foot poles will be erected along a stretch just behind the jet blast fence along Taxiway G.

The project began in May and is scheduled to be completed in July.

Each pole will include 14, 1,000-watt, high-pressure sodium lamps, and will face west toward the functional test area. Each will be spaced between 200 to 300 feet apart.

"They will be facing the aircraft because that is what we are trying to illuminate," said Henry Scheuermann, 402nd Maintenance Group Facilities Engineering Section industrial engineer.

Workers are currently installing conduits underground and electrical equipment and wires in preparation for the poles.

"There will be lighting out there like we've never had before," said John Gunn, 778th Civil Engineer Squadron construction manager. "It will provide not only safety for our people but also security for the aircraft."

Currently, there are portable lights and generators used to provide lighting, added Gunn.