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nsteense
09-29-2008, 01:14 AM
Remarkable how fast a building can crumble to this pathetic state. Only 15 years...
For those who ever served there, it might be a bit painful to see the downfall.
http://www.davejordanophotography.com/index.php#mi=2&pt...00&s=21&p=5&a=0&at=0 (http://www.davejordanophotography.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=21&p=5&a=0&at=0)

woofiedog
09-29-2008, 02:02 AM
Quite a few of the rooms and buildings had murals painted in them. Sad that there wasn't a way of saving some of them.

They did save a RB-36H Peacemaker that was displayed at the base.

RB-36H Peacemaker (http://www.air-and-space.com/castlb36.htm)

tom19073
09-29-2008, 07:39 AM
I found looking at the photos to be a very strange experience. The reason is I work in a military school house. We have murals painted in the hallways and classrooms too. The students paint them.

Ronbo3
09-29-2008, 11:20 AM
Sad to see the fate of the base i went to tech school in. I had thought it was ran by civilians and the base used for housing, runway, hangars etc. Sad...

PanzerAce
09-29-2008, 11:59 AM
Originally posted by woofiedog:
Quite a few of the rooms and buildings had murals painted in them. Sad that there wasn't a way of saving some of them.

They did save a RB-36H Peacemaker that was displayed at the base.

RB-36H Peacemaker (http://www.air-and-space.com/castlb36.htm)

I get to hang around that plane weekly, I work on some of the other plane displays at Castle.

mortoma
09-29-2008, 06:36 PM
I grew up not far from there in west central Indiana but never actually have been to Rantoul or the Chanute base. I still hate that things happened like that. Our Grissom AFB in Peru, IN was at least spared and still used as a ARB ( Air Reserve Base ) but is not staffed even nearly as much as it was. That area lost a lot of jobs too, just not as many as Rantoul, IL.

In the early 2000 when I flew planes I often used the Grissom approach control for flying. I stopped using their approach control for service when a female controller ( who was not busy ) would not approve my request for change of frequency so I could go to my local airports frequency so I could announce my landing. She finally did but only after I circled over my airport at 3,000 AGL for a while. I chewed her out and never used military controllers ever again!!

T_O_A_D
09-30-2008, 09:23 AM
Wow the roof must of been a POS 15 years ago, to be in that shape already.

It's a shame all the years of tax payers money just going to waist now, there.

At least someone had the sence to photograph it now atleast.

One thing for sure its not the first pice we've let go back to dirt, or destroyed due new agenda's and it won't be the last either.

Bo_Nidle
09-30-2008, 10:34 AM
There's something immensely sad about seeing once proud bases falling into ruin. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Some of the bases I served at in the UK are going the same way now. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

Esel1964
10-03-2008, 03:42 AM
I fully agree with Bo Nidle,it's really a shame to see it deteriorate so fast. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif But,nevertheless thanks for sharing the pics.