Monday, March 22, 2010

My World Tuesday

This water tower on Northern Blvd in Great Neck, NY is getting a sprucing up for Spring.

I wondered for a while why it was all covered up. Finally I realized that it probably is being scraped to remove rust and it's covered up to keep the rust from flying everywhere.

Interesting fact:

For pilots of small, private aircraft, water towers are a huge help because:
  • They are large.
  • They are elevated, making them easy to see from an airplane.
  • All small towns have them.
  • Small towns are nice enough to paint the town's name on nearly every tower!
If you have ever been in a small airplane flying cross-country, you know that from the air, all small towns look the same; it is very easy to get confused. When you don't have a GPS receiver, water towers make navigation a LOT easier!

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marcia@joyismygoal said...

i have a thing for water towers I think because I rely on them so much I rarely drink anything but

ewok1993 said...

I've seen quite a few water towers with the town's names on it, and that's the reason why their names are on them. Thanks.

Babooshka said...

We don't get them here at all, so they fascinate me.

Sylvia K said...

I've always found water towers interesting -- for whatever reason. But I've never seen one covered like this, but your reasons make perfect sense. Great shot, Mary! Hope you have a great weekend!


Carver said...

I don't think I've ever seen a water tower with a cover on it before. That's interesting that water towers are good landmarks for small planes. Makes sense when I think about it.

Maria said...

The water tower is interesting, indeed. And I also find the powerpoles and wires interesting! I thought they vanished some decades ago...
Have a nice week!

VioletSky said...

Now we'll all be interested to see the finished result!

I hadn't thought about the fact that water towers were a distinctly North American thing, but I haven't seen any in the UK, either. We take them for granted, I guess.

J Bar said...

How interesting.
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Jenn Jilks said...

Your header is WONDERFUL!!!!! Cheers from My Muskoka

Martha Z said...

It is an unusual sight. It reminds me of a fumigation tent.

Since I don't fly in small planes it never occured to me that water towers could be a navigation aid. It makes sense.

January said...

they covered the tower with? never seen one before...thanks for sharing..

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♥ Kathy said...

What neat facts and that tower looks like it's all wrapped up for Christmas :)

Randi said...

Great shot and an interesting post - I have never heard that water tower are important for pilots of small aircraft.

SandyCarlson said...

Water towers are amazing. We don't see them so much here. But what they can hold amazes me. They never seem as big as they are.