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#21
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What Tobey said.   And he's not joking about the WWII thing.  If you're not familiar with the track, the paddock used to be part of a Naval air base, built in WWII to house blimps that flew over the Gulf to search for German subs.. 

The mooring towers from the original hangar are still there on a warehouse/industrial site just northeast of the track.  The towers are HUGE and someone tried to 'decommission' them by placing a few tons of dynamite at the base of one tower.   the things were/are so strong, they couldn't even blow them up!  so they just left them there until Father time takes them down...

 

anyway, yeah.. the paddock area I'm told is like 4ft thick concrete, left over from when it was an air base.

https://www.bing.com...k tx blimp base

http://www.texas-fly...rs/landmark.htm


And just because I'm a shitty driver doesn't make a miata any less slow.


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What Tobey said.   And he's not joking about the WWII thing.  If you're not familiar with the track, the paddock used to be part of a Naval air base, built in WWII to house blimps that flew over the Gulf to search for German subs.. 

The mooring towers from the original hangar are still there on a warehouse/industrial site just northeast of the track.  The towers are HUGE and someone tried to 'decommission' them by placing a few tons of dynamite at the base of one tower.   the things were/are so strong, they couldn't even blow them up!  so they just left them there until Father time takes them down...

 

anyway, yeah.. the paddock area I'm told is like 4ft thick concrete, left over from when it was an air base.

https://www.bing.com...k tx blimp base

http://www.texas-fly...rs/landmark.htm

that is fascinating thanks I had no idea! 



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If you're ever up in the Portland area, check out the Tillamook Air Museum. They have hangars there that would be similar, if not identical, to what was at GSS. Supposedly the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world. It is huge. Really amazing to look at.

 

http://www.tillamookair.com/hangar-b/


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If you're ever up in the Portland area, check out the Tillamook Air Museum. They have hangars there that would be similar, if not identical, to what was at GSS. Supposedly the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world. It is huge. Really amazing to look at.

 

http://www.tillamookair.com/hangar-b/

 

Ive read about tillamook but haven't been, seeing that would be a site for sure! 



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Yes.   the articles I read while digigng up those links about the Hitchcock blimp base say Tillamook is basically the same design hangar.  

The one here was sold as surplus after the war and stored rice and other stuff for years.    the wooden structure was damaged in a hurricane in early 1960s and demolished.  the old photos on interwebs show it to be of OMFG size.


And just because I'm a shitty driver doesn't make a miata any less slow.


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Would be cool if they rebuilt it and ran part of the track through it so we could drive through a really big hanger and pretend to be ken block for a moment. 



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If you're ever up in the Portland area, check out the Tillamook Air Museum. They have hangars there that would be similar, if not identical, to what was at GSS. Supposedly the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world. It is huge. Really amazing to look at.

http://www.tillamookair.com/hangar-b/


Also in the Portland area, more or less, is the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Worth the side trip. See the Spruce Goose and an SR-71 under one roof.

http://www.evergreenmuseum.org

Sorry for continuing the thread derailment...

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Also in the Portland area, more or less, is the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Worth the side trip. See the Spruce Goose and an SR-71 under one roof.

http://www.evergreenmuseum.org

Sorry for continuing the thread derailment...

 

 

anything about the SR-71 is worth a derailment.