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Home > Maine > Limestone vicinity > Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Aroostook County, ME



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Location
Limestone vicinity, ME

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER ME-64
Building/structure dates: 1947 initial construction
Significance: The built environment of Loring AFB demonstrates the military, technological, and economic complexity of the Cold War. Once one of the most heavily armed of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) bases, it stands as a visible representation of the policies that shaped the political, economic, and military history of the world in the last half century. The period of significance begins in November 1948 with the completion of the airfield. Although the importance of the base declined by 1964 with the advent of large numbers of aerially refuelable B-52 bombers and a significant number of nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), Loring AFB remained a significant national asset until the end of the Cold War in 1991. The specific buildings and areas on Loring AFB that display exceptional significance on a national, state, and local level are the airfield, the Arch Hangar, the Double Cantilever Hangar, the Weapons Storage Area, and the Alert Area.

Subjects
Military Headquarters
Cold War
Air Bases


Related Names
Earth Tech, Incorporated, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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