infinite monkey Thursday Sep 15 08:46 AM
September 15, 2011 Boeing Plant Camouflaged
'Secrecy of Boeing Plant 2 was so crucial during World War II that Boeing built houses of plywood and fabric and installed fake streets to camouflage the roof. The idea was to blend the facility into the surrounding neighborhood across the river’
infinite monkey Thursday Sep 15 08:47 AM
glatt Thursday Sep 15 08:56 AM
Very cool. It blends right in.
BigV Thursday Sep 15 02:27 PM
yes, especially the GIANT BOULEVARD just to the top of the picture with the ... what could those be? Airplanes? In the burbs? It can't be. We must be lost or something, check the map again.
infinite monkey Thursday Sep 15 02:35 PM
Nobody ever said Seattle-ites were all that smart.
footfootfoot Thursday Sep 15 02:53 PM
infinite monkey Thursday Sep 15 02:59 PM
What? It's fake?
ogwen69 Friday Sep 16 08:48 AM
Pretty sure we've had this before - can't find it in the history though....
infinite monkey Friday Sep 16 08:50 AM
I did a search for Boeing and didn't find anything, but I suspected it might have been posted before.
mrputter Saturday Sep 17 11:41 PM
Then I appreciated that the intent wasn't to hide the entire airfield; that wouldn't have been remotely feasible. Instead they were just trying to divert attacks away from the most important and/or vulnerable parts. With the camouflage in place, bombers (at least if in possession with less-than-perfect maps of the site) would look down, see the runway but not see the real plant, rather would be fooled into thinking that the uncamouflaged and (presumably) lower-priority warehouses, or whatever they are, just to the right were their intended target. Thus those buildings would be bombed instead. Still annoying, to be sure, but nowhere near as devastating as if the important stuff were destroyed.
It may even be that the latter buildings were an explicit part of the ruse, and were left entirely empty?
Anyway, that's my take on it. This approach would also help mitigate the issues cited by the taphilo.com article quoted by infinite monkey...
Bullitt Sunday Sep 18 01:40 PM
Camouflage also isn't just to make things invisible. It is also to break up the recognizable shapes of objects so they can hide in plain sight. Distorting or blurring the outlines can work just as well because then the observer can't tell what he's looking at, or find exactly what he's looking for.
glatt Monday Sep 19 09:25 AM
SteveB2580 Tuesday Sep 20 04:54 PM
cause that was cleaver