Spraying Runway Markings - 1959

One of the many tasks that make up running an airport is keeping the runway markings clearly visible: the rubber deposits left by landing aircraft can be a particular problem.

This photo shows the runway markings, probably the fixed-distance markings, being re-sprayed in June 1959 on one of Melbourne/Essendon's runways - probably 08 (i.e. looking east). Note the rough-and-ready method of masking, which appears to be a combination of tape and sand.

(Photo: CAHS/Will Heitbrink collection)

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