Naval Air Station Tillamook

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Naval Air Station Tillamook, located just south of Tillamook, Oregon, was a U.S. Naval Air Station during World War II, commissioned in 1942 and decommissioned in 1948, used primarily to house blimps. The station was the base of operations for Squadron ZP-33, with a complement of 8 K-ships.

US Naval Air Station Dirigible Hangar B, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, is on the station.

NAS Tillamook is now Tillamook Airport.

US Naval Air Station Dirigible Hangar B[edit]

US Naval Air Station Dirigible Hangar B
Tillamook Air Museum interior
Nearest city Tillamook, Oregon
Coordinates 45°25′4″N 123°48′15″W / 45.41778°N 123.80417°W / 45.41778; -123.80417Coordinates: 45°25′4″N 123°48′15″W / 45.41778°N 123.80417°W / 45.41778; -123.80417
Built 1943[citation needed]
Architect US Bureau of Yards and Docks; Sound Construction & Engineering Co.
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 89000201[1]
Added to NRHP March 29, 1989

Due to the rationing during World War II, the hangars were built entirely of wood. Though Hangar A was destroyed by a fire in 1992, Hangar B was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and remains as possibly the largest wooden structure in the world. It currently houses the Tillamook Air Museum.

The historic hangar faces an insecure future, as a result of a need for costly repairs and a decision by the museum, announced in April 2013, to move from Tillamook to Madras, Oregon. The move date has yet to be decided, but the museum's lease of the blimp hangar ends in January 2016.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Tobias, Lori (May 6, 2013 (print edition of May 7, p. 1)). "Future of Tillamook blimp hangar in question as air museum prepares to move". The Oregonian. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 

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