A recent visit to an online auction uncovered this restored GE 60-inch searchlight mounted on a 1976 three-ton GMC truck (the owner, Mark Peters, of Searchlight Express of Virginia, no longer has the unit). GE searchlights like this one were produced from 1932 to 1944 at a cost of $60,000 each. They were the primary "weapon" of the 225th in WW II. (The first 60-inch General Electric searchlight was built in 1893 and was first seen at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago.) Here are some basic specs:|
For more photos of Mark's lights, scroll down. Mark currently has 10 working lights (eight General Electrics and two Sperry models).
The 55-year old light and generator on its contemporary "platform."
Both the light and generator (both with wheels removed)
are mounted on the bed of the truck.
The flame from the burning carbons as electrical current arcs between them.
A close-up of the generator control panel.
A panoramic shot of some of Mark Peters' caravan of lights.
A night shot of the light and generator.
That famous 800-million-candlepower beam on display.
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