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Old 08-25-2019, 04:10 PM
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Default 10 RVs visit Loring AFB - 25 year of closing the base

We got permission from Loring Development Authority to land at ME16 formerly Loring Air Force Base (which is closed except with permission on special occasions.) The Loring Military Heritage Center hosted the 25-year celebration and most of the visitors were stationed there or had family that was. A few hundred visitors joined in to remember this large base in Northern Maine.


We had a flight of 10 trek up from Belfast Maine, mostly local, but Vlad, Brent, and Jim from NJ joined us.


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I am sure Vlad and Brent will add some photos.
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Old 08-26-2019, 08:16 AM
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Default Very cool!

Looks like a great time.

My Dad was stationed there (pilot) in the early to mid 50's, and I was born in Limestone (just a stones throw away) some 65 years ago.

Great to see a bunch of RV's there!

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Old 08-26-2019, 08:35 AM
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Spent three very long years there. Flying up there in those winter conditions made a real pilot out of me. My youngest son was born at Loring.

If you guys do this again next year please post the event a couple of months in advance and maybe a few more folks will attend.
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Old 08-26-2019, 08:58 AM
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Old 08-26-2019, 08:59 AM
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:58 AM
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Flew past Loring twice yesterday, eastbound and westbound with a landing in Grand Falls just across the river in New Brunswick.

On the outbound flight I was listening on 123.00MHz, the CTAF for Grand Falls. Luckily I heard a "heavy" broadcasting their intentions to use the airspace around Loring. We kept talking to each other and crossed paths maybe a couple of thousand feet apart.

Who was that "heavy"? A B-52 practicing approaches at Loring! Was kinda cool mixing it up in the air with a Buff. Great communications between us ensured safety.

One of these fine days I will find a way to land at Loring, or at least do a 'low and over'... That's a LOT of runway!
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:08 AM
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Looks like a great time. Wish I knew about it ahead of time. I?m sure a few Boston area RVs might have tried to join. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 08-26-2019, 11:11 AM
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BTW... were tail wheels excluded???
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:01 PM
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Default Hangar

That is one cool hangar. What was it built to house and how many of them?
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:37 PM
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Default Loring

A quick check shows that Loring was originally a B36 base, then B52. Also KC97 and then KC135 tankers. The largest hangar which is not shown in pictures would accommodate six B52's.
The location is the closest US base to Europe.
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