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    Burbank California United States

Location
Lat 34°10′49″N Long 118°19′42″W  Located in Los Angeles County, 12 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Burbank Airfield (Bob Hope Field)
Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) factory was located at this airfield

Lockheed Vega Factory
Moreland truck plant operated at this location from 1917-1934. Aquired by Vega Aircraft and then Lockheed. During World War II, the entire area was camouflaged to fool enemy reconnaissance efforts. The factory was hidden beneath a complete suburb replete with rubber automobiles and peaceful rural neighborhood scenes painted on canvas Hundreds of fake trees and shrubs were positioned to give the entire area a three dimensional appearance. During World War II, the factory employed 80,800 building the Hudson, P-38 Lightning, PV-1 Ventura and lastly the P-80 Shooting Star. Postwar, Lockheed built the U2, SR-71 Blackbird and the F-117 Nighthawk at Burbank.

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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