Photo © Gary Chambers
Mr Chambers photo above showed up in the db today. Very interesting pix, a lot of aviation history in one pix. Lets see:
In the upper left hand corner is a piece of Huffman Prairie where the Wright Brothers did a lot of experimentation.
The Boeing 299 crashed on this airfield (I believe it was using the runway to the left) and damned near took the B-17 (and all descendent Boeing 4 engine jobs) with it.
The Accelerated Runway is visible. It's the wide taxiway that intersects the runway at the top of the triangle. Not very evident in the photo but this runway has an extremely steep downhill grade. It was used during WWII to test takeoff techniques for heavily loaded B-17s & B-24s. Would have been very similiar to a toboggan ride if you ask me.
One of the Air Forces earliest nuclear reactors is just to the right of the far end of the accelerated runway. I don't recall now what they did there but it was probably something cool, and hey, it was the fifties -- everybody had to have a reactor right?
The Avionics Test Tower is in the upper right corner though not terribly easy to see. A lot of the early development and test work on the early smart bombs was done in the tower. Back in the 80s there used to be a fair number of armored vehicles out on the airfield getting "lased" (and probably from other areas of the spectrum too) from the tower.
The Static Test Hangar is about dead center in the pix. Was built specifically for the B-36. They towed a B-36 in, flipped it end over end, and laid it down inverted for testing with bags of shot.
Like I said lots of cool stuff in this pix, some visible, some not, and some... uh some we probably haven't heard about yet.....