Lockheed Burbank to Japanese: This isn’t the aircraft plant you’re looking for

burbankcamo.jpgA blog called “GoodShit” has a great set of World War 2 era before and after photos of the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant that was camouflaged with netting and paint to appear like any other Burbank suburb from the air.

Lockheed was a huge military aircraft manufacturing center, as well as an active P-38 fighter base. At this facility they manufactured the famous Lockheed P-38 Lightening, the Lockheed Hudson bomber, Lodestar bomber and the P2V Lockheed Vega. A logical target for the enemy.

Two web readers at Think or Thwim, who picked up on the story, pipe in with the legend of Jack Warner erecting a sign to deter Japanese bombers from mistaking his studio for the now hidden war factory.

The result? A twenty-foot arrow pointing to Burbank, along with the words: LOCKHEED – THAT-A-WAY!

4 Replies to “Lockheed Burbank to Japanese: This isn’t the aircraft plant you’re looking for”

  1. I lost the link to this great series of images taken of the same complex from the air during the war. It looked like a farm and fields.

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