Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7338 posts, RR: 52 Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7025 times:
Those are assembly's for the steam catapult tests. NATC Lakehurst is home to the development the Steam Cats and arresting gears for the aircraft carriers. Lakehurst is where the have ABE A and C school and also for the Navy's 3M Maintnence Tech School for shipboard maintnence training.
Quoting STT757 (Reply 6): No that's the drop zone aircraft from McGuire, Willow Grove etc.. make practice air drops
True, but the large area was where they had the original airship towers. The area around the airstrip was a large dormant plain back then and it could've been ground zero where the Hindenburg fell. I mean the dirigible was a colossal, airborne Torpedo. Lakehurst's runways were rebuilt and airfield configurations were changed in the early mid-50's, so it's a different airfield then the original.
J_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6807 times:
I've been wondering about this for MANY years! thanks for finally answering this unresolved question! I used to see it from way up when flying TPA-BOS etc...and figured it was Lakehurst but never knew about the test tracks...and is it optical illusion that pix in reply 3 looks to be parallel tracks but from air, they fan out?
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11435 posts, RR: 81 Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6789 times:
THey are not exactly parallel. They do move out at an angle from each other.
As far as the Hindenburg goes, it went down a few hundred yards from the front of Hangar 1, the dirigible hangar, and the spot is marked by a small steel rod placed in the ground with a representation of a Zeppelin on top. They used to offer tours of the base, but I believe that has been suspended lately.