Monday, November 6, 2017

The fake rooftop suburb that hid a whole WWII airplane factory

During World War II, a strange, house-filled neighborhood could be seen in the middle of an industrial area from the air. A close-up look would reveal that it was camouflage for Boeing’s Plant No. 2, where thousands of B-17 bombers were produced. The “neighborhood” was completed in 1944 and removed a year after the war. The ground was made of burlap, canvas and chicken wire, while the lawns and trees were chicken feathers and spun glass, according the the article. Buildings were just 4 feet tall and made of wood to complete the illusion of the neighborhood covering 26 acres.

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