Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Wonderful Piece Of World War II History

During WW II Lockheed; (unbelievable 1940s pictures). This is a version of special effects during the 1940's. During World War II
the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a possible Japanese air attack.
They covered it with camouflage netting to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air.
The person I received this from said she got back an interesting story about someone's mother
who worked at Lockheed, and she as a younger child, remembers all this. And to this day,
it is the first pictures of it she's seen.
Another person who lived in the area talked about as being a boy, watching it all be
set up like a movie studio production. They had fake houses, trees, etc. and moved
parked cars around so it looked like a residential area from the skies overhead.
Note.... I lived in North Long Beach during World War II, I was 13 years old. (1940)
The Long Beach airport was near Lakewood, CA. There was a large Boeing Plant there.
If you would drive down Carson St. going south you could drive under the camouflage netting.
Ed Pollard
I am 85 and had much of my pilot training in Calif. I have been under this net and
have seen it from the air. During preflight training I rode a bus under the net and
was very surprised as I didn't know it was there. It was strong enough to walk on
and they hired people to ride bicycles and move around as if they lived there to make
it look authentic.
Warren Holmgreen Jr
Hiding the Lockheed Plant during World War II - wow this is amazing!
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