Unusual Equipment for a Crash Fire Truck
This mast on the crash truck used by Trans World Airlines at its maintenance base at Kansas City contains a weather vane, a wind speed indicator and a radio aerial. The attachments provide information for the truck’s crew, which doubles for weather observation. The firemen relay ground weather conditions to big airliners landing and taking off at the base, communicating truck to plane by radio. R. M. Weaver (center), supervisor of plant protection, explains the mast’s function to two of the base fire inspectors. All fire fighters are trained by the United States Government in weather observation.
— Trans World Airlines photo