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Old 08-26-2019, 05:40 PM
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I believe it would hold 3 B-52 - one of the guys also stated each of the arches were a continuous concrete pour. The concrete was brought up by rail.

The echo from the acoustics is unbelievable

The Arch Hangar at Loring Air Force Base (AFB) was one of the first structures specifically built as an element of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) mission of deterring the enemy through retaliatory strike capability. The first hangar completed at Loring AFB, it was an integral part of the early aircraft maintenance system and was built in response to the demand for efficient aircraft service facilities. The Arch Hangar was one of two structures simultaneously built as the largest monolithic arch roof structures up to that time in the United States. The hangar contained several unique construction features including the foundation set on bedrock, the extensive column-on-pedestal-on-footing abutment construction, the intricate formwork required, the elaborate system of rail and jacks required to move the formwork, the thinness of the concrete slab roof, and the 340-foot span of the arch.

Photos from the library of congress - https://www.loc.gov/resource/hhh.me0309.photos/?sp=1
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Old 08-28-2019, 06:47 AM
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I flew over Limestone AFB six years ago. Couldn't get permission to land that time. David Valcik did a great job organizing a private visit to the legendary airfield and a dozen airplanes were granted landing rights.

Weather was marginal that day. I started trekking toward ME16 from Bethel ME while Governor led his squadron from Belfast. There was a solid overcast for most of the trip.



I enjoyed smooth air on top while Belfast guys stayed under the deck for a good beating. My autopilot Leo was bored. He trimmed the airplane off and once in a while put light pressure on rudder to keep heading precise. RV9 is a very stable airframe in smooth air.





Hour and half flew quick. The radio on schoolhouse frequency told everybody what to do. There were 10 RVs, a Piper, a Cessna and a Bonanza in the group. There was a hole in the sky over the airbase and I made a wide turn over Canada to fit in.







Weapons storage.





Left crosswind runway one.




Look at those parking spots.





Control tower and concrete bunker/hangar.




Maintenance hangar which could house up to six B52 bombers. Our parking area was nearby.




Left base RWY 1.


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Old 08-28-2019, 07:09 AM
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Governor instructed us to fly over Museum. Being a sweeper for the group I did a low pass and flew as instructed.





Final rwy 1.





There was a nice headwind component. It allowed to stop on the numbers and exit the taxiway by the apron. No need to drive quarter mile to first taxiway.





Old friends glad to see.








A bus to the festivities was provided by organizers.





Very cool Museum. I want a magnetic compass like this.





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Old 08-28-2019, 07:41 AM
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Good time was had. Thanks Governor for organizing this mini air venture!





We decided to take a walk back to the flight line.





Visited a hangar worth a story by itself.







The cameraman behind all those cool RV videos.





Departed shortly. If anyone local is interested in future event I would recommend to contact David Valcik directly. It's not a regular flyin and requires a lot of coordination. There are no services or aircraft support of any kind at that airfield. Often weather is an issue.














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Finally completed a video of the flight/visit to Loring.

https://youtu.be/VRrNiaqXO-c
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Thank you Brent! I am visiting Dagestan, Russia with a friend of mine and we are already missing US flying.

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Old 09-12-2019, 05:06 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PilotBrent View Post

Finally completed a video of the flight/visit to Loring.

https://youtu.be/VRrNiaqXO-c
Bent great video!

You took some time editing the history along with the flight, Outstanding

We may need to start calling you Brent “DeMille”

Thanks again

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