U. S. Naval Air Station

U. S. Naval Air Station (HMO0I)

Location: Hitchcock, TX 77563 Galveston County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 21.476', W 95° 2.666'

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Blimp Base

— Seven-tenths Mile South —

In an effort to defend U. S. coasts and shipping lanes against German submarine activity during World War II, the U. S. Navy established bases to house huge lighter-than-air (LTA) craft, also known as blimps. With the ability to hover above a target, the blimps were uniquely qualified for coastal defense and observation.

Because of its site on the flat Texas coastal plain, Hitchcock was chosen as the location for one of the nine new blimp bases. Construction began in 1942, and the facility was commissioned on May 22, 1943. The resulting military personnel build-up caused an economic boom in the community.

The Hitchcock base consisted of forty-seven buildings, including a massive hangar to house six blimps, administration buildings, warehouses, living quarters, and recreational facilities. Aircraft from the base, in addition to their regular patrolling duties, were also used to assist with hurricane relief efforts and war bond drives.

In 1944, after the blimps were no longer needed, the Hitchcock base was redesignated for other purposes. Following the war some of the buildings were used by private interests, and after hurricane damage in 1961 the blimp hangar was razed.
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HM NumberHMO0I
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Year Placed1989
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 4:22am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 301540 N 3249378
Decimal Degrees29.35793333, -95.04443333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 21.476', W 95° 2.666'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 21' 28.56" N, 95° 2' 39.96" W
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Area Code(s)713, 409, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 76-80 Blimp Base Blvd, Hitchcock TX 77563, US
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