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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Hiding the Lockheed Plant: Cars

Hiding the Lockheed Plant: Cars

An after photo of Lockheed during WWII (unbelievable 1940s pictures). This is pretty neat special effects during the 1940's. I have never seen these pictures or knew that we had gone this far to protect ourselves. During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air.

Casting a wide net

My Granddad worked at Douglas during WW2 and reminisced about these measures.

A side benefit

A nice side benefit is that your car wouldn't be in the sun, so it wouldn't be too hot when you were ready to go home.

Hidden Lockheed

These are fascinating, thanks. I, for one, would like to see bigger full-size scans, especially the ones with nearby cars. By the way, the "Before being hidden" links in the individual photo captions are bad, although you can access it from the Member Gallery thumbnails.

[I fixed them. I think. Please check your links when posting! - Dave]

 
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