architecture urbanism

How To Hide An Airplane Factory

This arrived in our inbox today and is worth sharing with our readers. Nothing quite like a bit of trompe l’oeil to create instant urbanism. The pictures and text are from a blog called Think or Thwim.

Here is a transcript of the original:

How To Hide An Airplane Factory

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.


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more images at Think or Thwim

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  • Left Coast
    November 2, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Boeing did this to their factories as well. Only they used the more Zeller-esq materials of burlap and chicken wire.