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Camouflage: How to hide an aircraft factory

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:47 pm
by GeneralDiscontent
"During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting and trompe l’oeil to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air."

http://thinkorthwim.com/2007/08/19/1034/

Re: Camouflage: How to hide an aircraft factory

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:52 pm
by NorrisUnleashed
I think Churchill did the same thing during the war to hide a whole town from zee Germans. I cant remember where it was though.

Re: Camouflage: How to hide an aircraft factory

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:13 pm
by Jeriah
I believe they also did something similar to the Lockheed (I think?) plant in San Diego. My grandma was just a little girl then but she remembers it. Camo netting over all of the roads, etc.

Re: Camouflage: How to hide an aircraft factory

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:25 am
by yale
I have to wonder how much harder camo on such a scale would be in todays' techno world with thermal sighting and other advances available on most aircraft and satillites.

Re: Camouflage: How to hide an aircraft factory

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:21 pm
by therianthrope
That's pretty freakin' amazing.
yale wrote:I have to wonder how much harder camo on such a scale would be in todays' techno world with thermal sighting and other advances available on most aircraft and satillites.
I'm sure it'd be doable to dampen or camouflage most thermal signatures. Expensive, but completely doable. High resolution and composite imaging would probably be a bigger problem to get around.