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, it was 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.

US Naval Air Station Dirigible Hangar B[edit]

US Naval Air Station Dirigible Hangar B
Tillamook Air Museum interior.jpg
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[2]
Architect US Bureau of Yards and Docks; Sound Construction & Engineering Co.
NRHP Reference # 89000201[1]
Added to NRHP March 29, 1989

Due to rationing during World War II, the hangars were built entirely of wood. Hangar B was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and remains one of the world's largest wooden structures; it currently houses the Tillamook Air Museum. Hangar A was destroyed by a fire in August 1992.

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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ http://www.tillamookair.com/hangar-b
  3. ^ 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.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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