Feb. 9, 1949: A new fog dispersal burner is demonstrated at Los Angeles Airport. The British developed the original FIDO system during World War II and had success burning off fog to allow aircraft to land. But when a 392-burner FIDO system was installed at Los Angeles Airport, it failed to clear the fog and after a few years the system was removed. This photo was published in the Feb. 10, 1949, L.A. Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles TimesLink
February 1949: From left, William Fleming of Todd Shipyards Corporation; Col. Clarence M. Young, general manager of the City Airport Department; and James E. Read, acting regional administrator of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, crouch next to one of the 392 FIDO burners installed at Los Angeles Airport.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: William Eccles / Los Angeles Airport PhotographyLink
An aircraft lands during a test of FIDO at the Landing Aids Experiment Station in Arcata, Calif. This photo was published in the Jan. 3, 1950, L.A. Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Landing Aids Experiment StationLink
February 1949: How FIDO works. On Los Angeles Airport's mail runway, an $842,000 fog-dispersing system is being installed and will be in service next month. This illustration by Charles Owns was published in the Feb. 21, 1949, Los Angeles Times.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Owens / Los Angeles Times/ProquestLink
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