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The Hangar That Used To Be | by Jonas Lamis
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The Hangar That Used To Be

In the 1940's, the Flying L Ranch was at the intersection of Hollywood, Cowboys and Airplanes. Stars like John Wayne would fly in for the weekend when they were off from filming Westerns around West Texas.

 

There is a great black and white picture of this building circa 1945 with John Wayne mounted on a horse with his plane next to him, posed in front.

 

That is a bygone era. The ranch is going strong as a dude ranch for weekenders, but the airstrip has been replaced by a driving range and the hangars have been disposed for other uses.

 

Today, this hangar is a run down shop and storage space. Broken windows and boarded doors. But if you look closely, you can still see the burned in fade of the looped Rope Flying L cursive brand across the top of the building.

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Taken on July 17, 2009