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Lakehurst Airship Museum
« on: October 16, 2008, 11:45:07 AM »
Housed on the grounds of the Naval Air Engineering Station at the Jersey shore this museum has artifacts dating back to the Hindenburg era. I only got to stop in at the visitors center today while the wife was shopping at a local mall but i've got a full tour laid on for next Wednesday. Here's a few pics from inside the visitors center to whet your appetite.

                                          http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/museums/NavalAir/about.htm
 

Entrance to LNAES guarded by a Blue Angels jet. 8-)


Some model cases in the lobby.








U.S.Navy airship Shenandoah.


One of the propellers used on the Shenandoah.


German airship Hindenburg which crashed & burned at Lakehurst on May 6 1937.


Painting of a Navy blimp patrolling over Barnegat Inlet.


Best shot i could get from the road of the huge hangar built for these airships back in the 1930's.

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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2008, 02:28:34 PM »
Looks interesting Charlie
 Have a good time next Wednesday.

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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2008, 02:31:15 PM »
Looks interesting Charlie
 Have a good time next Wednesday.

Thanks Steve i will. I was hoping there were a few folks on the Forum who've heard of airships & the Hindenburg........besides Rob of course.  :evil:

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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2008, 09:52:24 PM »
Well Charlie   this is one walk around  that i can't wait to see   :wink: :wink: 8-) 8-)

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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2008, 12:51:51 AM »
Thanks Steve i will. I was hoping there were a few folks on the Forum who've heard of airships & the Hindenburg........besides Rob of course.  :evil:

Rob can't even think of a "reply" this morning. :roll:
Of course, if I could remember how to spell derrigible I might have come up with something.
It's good they kept those artifacts including the huge hanger.
Looking forward to seeing what you get next week.


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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2008, 03:57:29 AM »
Charlie
 I remember going past a Navy Base in California back in the 1960s. (Miramar Naval Air Station maybe it was?) It had big hangers for air ships, but I don't think I ever saw one outside, or in the air.
 Except for seeing the Good Year blimp a few times, and observation ballons along the Mexican  border that's about it for me on the subject.
         Steve

OOps almost forgot this one. It was at Canandagua airport one day when I went by with the Yellow truck just before I retired.


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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2008, 04:56:53 AM »
I was hoping there were a few folks on the Forum who've heard of airships & the Hindenburg........:evil:

Are those those long flying things that eventually burnt down. I saw one on a cartoon once  :evil:  Just kidding, Iam actually fascinated by them, cant wait to see pics.
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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2008, 02:05:06 PM »
Charlie,  Is this the same location as the big blimp hanger?  In the 70's I went to Lakehurst to meet with NAVAIR on a project. Their offices were in the big hanger.  It is the sister to the hanger at Moffet Field in Mt. View, CA. where we were modifying RU-21As for the Army at the time.  Anyway I remember seeing an old gondola from one of the blimps still sitting in a corner of the Lakehurst hanger.  I doubt it is still there today but it was neat.  If I can find it, I have a picture of a hot air balloon ascending inside the Moffit hanger during an open house.  I'll post it if anyone is interested in seeing how enormous those hangers are.  Thanks for posting and let us know how your tour turns out.

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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2008, 02:11:53 PM »
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 The last pic in my post is a not too good shot of that big blimp hangar. I'll try to get a better one from inside the base on Wednesday.

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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2008, 12:46:11 PM »
Went back for my personal tour at Lakehurst today & was pleasantly surprised at both the quantity of items on display and the quality of people who guided me around. My hour + solo tour was great until 2 bus loads of school kids showed up.  :x Hope some enjoy the latest pics.

A couple of display cases with photos of blimps & the hangars.



Plotting board from a late 1950's blimp used in AEW detection.


News of the Hindenburg disaster in a north Jersey paper.


Display case with Hindenburg memorabelia.


Photos of Hangar 5 construction circa 1943.



Picture of the Hindenburg crash.


Hindenburg model floating over the museum.


Overview photo of the Lakehurst NAES facility.


A shop in the hangar back in the busy days of the base.


LTA ship gondola being restored by volunteers.



Inside view of the massive hangar.





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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2008, 01:08:03 PM »
I'll finish up with some outside shots of the hangars & a couple of signs.

Signs pointing to the actual crash sight of the Hindenburg.



A couple of other hangars in another part of the base.


Some outside photos of the massive hangar that housed these LTA ships.





This is the Carrier Aircraft Launch And Support System Equipment Simulator inside Hangar #1. It's used as a training aid to teach sailors how to launch & recover planes on carriers. Until the planes got too heavy jets were spotted on the deck of the simulator for the sailors to turn around & handle.






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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2008, 07:13:22 AM »
Maybe Airships are making a comeback.  8-) Just saw this video about a company in San Francisco who has one taking people on tours. This looks so cool.  :-)


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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2009, 11:54:41 PM »
CHARLIE, I'M GLAD YOU ENJOYED YOU TOUR OF THE HINDENBURG SITE AND OF HANGAR ONE.  SORRY YOUR TOUR WAS SPOILED BY THE SCHOOL KIDS, BUT WE ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE.  INCLUDING THE GROUP OF KIDS THAT WAS THERE THE DAY YOU COME ( THIS WAS ONLY ABOUT 50 KIDS OUT OF OVER 500 THAT A LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT HAD SET UP A TOUR FOR).
IF YOU GET BACK THIS WAY STOP IN AGAIN, I WILL TRY TO GIVE YOU A MORE PERSONNALTOUR.

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PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.NLHS

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Re: Lakehurst Airship Museum
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2009, 12:42:07 AM »
Thanks Don & welcome to Hanks. The kids weren't really a problem as most of my time there was just about up. Having lived in the area over 30 years i kick myself for not having visited sooner. I look forward to a return visit next time the wife wants to visit the mall. :-D Do you have any special days on the calendar exhibit wise?  :?

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