It Was Called "Dope" Historical

It Was Called "Dope" Historical (HM1VW1)

Location: Tuskegee, AL 36083 Macon County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 27.414', W 85° 40.779'

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During World War II primary training airplanes were built mostly of wood and fabric. Ground crews sealed and strengthened the fabric with several applications of a highly flammable, explosive acetate coating called "dope." This shed was used to store the dope.

Applying dope could be a messy job if not done correctly. The wear and tear on heavily used training aircraft gave ground crews plenty of opportunities to learn application and safety procedures.


...it was called dope. The fabric was a special linen...you'd paint it with this dope...and when the dope would dry, it would shrink tight on there...and the dope more or less made it waterproof.
George H. Carper, 2003

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Ground crewmen coat a wing with dope.
Note "Tuskegee Institute" designation on
the mechanic's jumpsuit.
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HM NumberHM1VW1
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Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, November 24th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 624096 N 3591848
Decimal Degrees32.45690000, -85.67965000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.414', W 85° 40.779'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 24.84" N, 85° 40' 46.74" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Chief Anderson, Tuskegee AL 36083, US
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