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RiverDave

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Got this e-mail today and thought it was too cool not to share.

In WWII the USA had to hide the Lockheed plant in Burbank from potential air strikes from the Japanese. Pretty amazing that we could hide something this big.. :)
 

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They did the same thing at the Fairchild Republic plant on Long Island, New York where I used to work.....
 

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Willing to bet that all kept things cooler summer time :cool:

Thanks for sharing
 

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That's right across the street from the Burbank Elks where I had the pool room story.
Ya need to come out and see where it happened in person RD.
 

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I'm actually just finishing a project @ the Bob Hope Airport. We're redoing the majority of the parking, a new terminal return road & a new Valet Center with walkways & parking canopies. A lot of the stuff in those pictures really came back to haunt us. All the soil was contaminated from Lockheed, so everything was reengineered to leave the soil onsite & those posts that hold up the tarps were encased in 10' x 10' x 10' concrete footings (nothing like overbuilding something) & we're never removed. We couldn't open up a whole without hitting an old footing, retaining wall, water pipe & abondoned conduit. Awesome pictures. Some of the buildings shown are actually still part of the airport but have been relocated to the S.W. side of the runways.
 

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I saw this a couple of months ago...it was creativitly like that that made this country great.
 

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As you drive down Hollywood Way in Burbank, you'll see signs on the street lites with pictures of various Lockheed planes that were produced on the site.
The signs are placed along the outside boundry of where the plant stood.

It's mostly shopping and restaurants now.


My Aunt Laura worked there during WWII.

Lot's of stories.
One was when Charles Lindberg visited the plant during WW2.
The Lockheed workers game him the "Cold Marys" as my aunt puts it.

Lindberg was a Nazi supporter before the war. -"And we knew the things they were doing to people" she'd say.
 
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