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Grissom Air Force Base, Building No. 143, Peru, Miami County, IN



Item Title
Grissom Air Force Base, Building No. 143, Peru, Miami County, IN

Location
Building No. 143, Peru, IN

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS IN-301-A
Building/structure dates: 1943 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1982 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1994 subsequent work
Significance: Building 143 houses the water survival training pool, which is significant for its association with World War II (WWII) Naval Aviation Cadet Training. The pool was considered one of the largest in the United States at the time. American aviation cadets used the diving platforms for staging lifeboat drills and abandon-ship maneuvers. Its unusually large size, coupled with the presence of two wooden platforms to simulate the height of an aircraft carrier deck, is significant for its ability to yield information about Navy survival training exercises. The building is also significant for its laminated arch construction, an important contribution to building design by the U.S. Navy during the WWII era.

Subjects
Swimming Pools
War (World War II)
Military Training


Related Names
Air Force Base Conversion Agency
U.S. Department Of The Navy
Bates, Jeff, Photographer
Atkins, Parker, Historian
Lyman, Malini, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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