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4410.2 #43 DL Qual #22 3-18-13 1:03PM
✈Condor Flatsβ›½: (Long, but worth the read!) I've been wanting to share some interesting information about the Condor Flats area of DCA with you all that I LOVED finding out! Hopefully it's new to some, as it was to me! : ) As usual with Disney, nothing placed into a land is by mistake, there is a story in the details. This "land" is of course a dedication to the evolution of aviation in CA---and the buildings are not random in the least. They are all replicas of aircraft hangers and meant to represent the history of the aircraft hanger. Starting with (photo 1), is a tent structure to represent the very early days, when test pilots worked on their planes and equipment under such shaded structures. Going next to (photo 2:'Fly N' Buy') the tents then evolved into basic wood structures that were styled like a very large garage and would often doubled as gas stations for cars, and the first wood framed control towers were built as seen next door. (Photo 3:The restroom building) By the 1930's they the first hangers dedicated to aircrafts with large sliding doors, still boxy and low to the ground. (Photo 4: Taste Pilots Grill) As aviation went through a lot of changes during World War II, the first of what we know as modern hangers were created in the 1940's. (Photo 5: Soarin' Over CA) Finally, during the space age and area of the jumbo jet, the hangers became massive and with ample room for these giant birds. (Photo 6: The painted 30 and runway of Condor Flats) Lastly, have you noticed the runway painted on the ground and the marking of 30 in front of the tent hanger? The 30 represents the direction the runway is pointing towards. So runway 30 points at roughly 300 degrees, with 360 degrees being due North. ....I hope this, while pretty long has proved interesting and will make you look a little closer at this beautiful area the next time you walk through! 😊
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The engine in front of Soarin' (photo 5) is a replica of the SSME (Space Shuttle Main Engine) to continue on the the details info. - CM_Shadowgamer   2672.3 #66 3-18-13 1:14PM Like(1)  Reply
Yes! Thank you, I forgot to mention that. There was a bit to cover here. ; ) - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4410.2 #43 3-18-13 1:16PM
Enjoyed reading that. Thank you! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š - Tom   17446.3 #4 3-18-13 2:50PM Like(1)  Reply
I'm going to look at all hat with a new appreciation next visit. - Tom  17446.3 #4 3-18-13 2:51PM
Glad you enjoyed it!! Since learning this, it's made me look at the area differently and more closely as well, and just had to pass it along to everyone else. : ) Enjoy! - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4410.2 #43 3-18-13 3:00PM
Great post! - Admin   3-18-13 4:19PM Like(1)  Reply
Thank you Admin!! 😊 - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4410.2 #43 3-18-13 7:22PM
That's very cool.... I was wondered what the 30 was for.... - dcafan   9.7 #12608 3-18-13 1:09PM Like  Reply
Great info on details. Thanks for taking the time to share with us! - DisLUVney   677.7 #354 3-18-13 1:14PM Like  Reply
Wow great info. Thanks SIC - RickChavez   3685.6 #50 3-18-13 1:19PM Like  Reply
Really interesting!! - MissMolly   1402.6 #156 3-18-13 1:23PM Like  Reply
Very cool!!! Thanks for sharing! - Armenda   1186.0 #184 3-18-13 1:31PM Like  Reply
Sweet thank you - PrincessDuckie   960.1 #236 3-18-13 1:34PM Like  Reply
Awesome information! All new to me, so thank you! - MacaronMerida   4740.2 #39 3-18-13 1:39PM Like  Reply
Cool information, thanks for sharing. - MikeyMouse   207.1 #2064 3-18-13 1:39PM Like  Reply
wow that was really cool info to read thanks - Hendizl   2950.5 #59 3-18-13 1:54PM Like  Reply
Great info. Didn't know that about the runway markings. - TikiJOSEsWingman   332.4 #844 3-18-13 2:04PM Like  Reply
This is awesome information! Love that they incorporated the evolution!! - MEHlanie_Mouse   1117.3 #200 3-18-13 2:17PM Like  Reply
Great job doing the research! - BaseballMickey   9157.6 #14 3-18-13 2:19PM Like  Reply
Thank you!! 😊 - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4410.2 #43 3-19-13 10:09AM
That is amazing, thank you - nicealex77   738.7 #323 3-18-13 2:26PM Like  Reply
Thank you for sharing all that wonderful information. - GrumpyPirateDad   1960.8 #103 3-18-13 3:07PM Like  Reply
Thanks for the History lesson I love learning new things. - HanLostLeia   1098.3 #207 3-18-13 3:12PM Like  Reply
Great info thanks!! - adisneyfamily   1092.7 #209 3-18-13 3:23PM Like  Reply
Great information!! - aprilinjune4   483.5 #511 3-18-13 3:49PM Like  Reply
Thank you for the information! This was all new info got me do thank you for sharing. I enjoyed the read! - kayceeb   168.4 #2598 3-18-13 4:22PM Like  Reply
This was great info. I love learning all these new things. - Sharkgrrl19   302.3 #1035 3-18-13 4:26PM Like  Reply
Amazing! Thank you! - 50sKid   541.5 #446 3-18-13 4:26PM Like  Reply
Thanks for the info.πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘ - GrumpYchuck   58.4 #4820 3-18-13 4:31PM Like  Reply
Great post and info. Quality! - jacdanfan   15572.5 #5 3-18-13 4:43PM Like  Reply
Thanks! Totally neat info!! - MarshaMouse   5058.1 #35 3-18-13 4:59PM Like  Reply
Thanks SIC! That was very informative! One thing that I do miss in Condor Flats is the airplane crashing through the Test Grill Restaurant. I wonder why they took it out? (I know it is off the subject of history, but my kids miss it!) - 7mouskedoodles   371.6 #714 3-18-13 6:25PM Like  Reply
I miss it too!! I hope it comes back...but I don't know if its looking too good. Glad you enjoyed the post! 😊 - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4410.2 #43 3-18-13 9:04PM
Very Cool SIC - Chumash28   2149.0 #90 3-18-13 6:34PM Like  Reply
Never heard any of that before. Thanks for sharing all that info! - AdventurelandFam   173.8 #2502 3-18-13 7:32PM Like  Reply
This was awesome to read! I love learning new info like this about the parks, thank you!! 😊 - MinnieMousewife   928.2 #243 3-18-13 8:00PM Like  Reply
Great info! Thanks for sharing! - ElectricMayhemMom   1768.1 #116 3-18-13 8:01PM Like  Reply
Great info thanks - DSNYCheeks3   868.1 #259 3-18-13 8:04PM Like  Reply
Phew that took forever! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ jk it was super wonderful information and a lot I didn't already know! - CourtyAstroBlisters   848.7 #265 3-18-13 8:06PM Like  Reply
Thank you so much!!! - 619HeatherMouse   296.7 #1065 3-18-13 8:14PM Like  Reply
Great information. Thanks SIC. - LaPearleNoir   3179.1 #56 3-18-13 8:17PM Like  Reply
Great research and information! I love airplanes! I will look at the buildings closer next time!!!!!! Thank you!😸✈ - Boundin   941.8 #241 3-18-13 8:20PM Like  Reply
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed! πŸ˜ƒ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4410.2 #43 3-18-13 11:46PM
Some fun information, thanks! - BiggieButler   84.5 #4108 3-18-13 9:09PM Like  Reply
Great information. I can't wait to share it with friends/family on my next visit. - PrincessLeia   312.9 #961 3-18-13 9:15PM Like  Reply
Thx for sharing. - kueenofhearts   284.6 #1170 3-18-13 9:28PM Like  Reply
I enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing. - VanDisney   342.3 #800 3-18-13 9:34PM Like  Reply
Love this. Thanks for the post. - Minnique   667.4 #361 3-18-13 9:38PM Like  Reply
I was thinking about it... I can't wait to share this information when visiting this area in DCA with others. It just reinforces their belief I'm a DLR encyclopedia. Heehee. Thanks again! - PrincessDuckie   960.1 #236 3-18-13 9:48PM Like  Reply
You're very welcome!! Now go knock thir socks off! πŸ˜ƒ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4410.2 #43 3-18-13 10:44PM
I never knew that the structures in Condor Flats depicted the evolution of the airplane hangar. I never know which way is North. Thanks for this info. - RadiatorSprings4Ever   3702.9 #49 3-18-13 11:02PM Like  Reply
That's awesome! Never knew any of that. Thanks for the info. :) - SleepyTortuga   288.4 #1130 3-18-13 11:50PM Like  Reply
I never knew most of that either! Great info SIC.. Thanks for sharing - justcallmeKP   274.4 #1273 3-19-13 1:53AM Like  Reply
Very interesting! - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz   1191.5 #180 3-19-13 2:12AM Like  Reply
Very interesting! - Disneydamsel   10.9 #11687 3-19-13 5:12AM Like  Reply
Great info. - Mrs.mouse   543.6 #443 3-19-13 5:49AM Like  Reply
Great information! Thanks! - goofygal   14247.1 #7 3-19-13 6:01AM Like  Reply
Great info.....Thanks! - DarthMickey   64.1 #4627 3-19-13 6:02AM Like  Reply
Thanks for the posts. I love learning the little extras that have been added into the park. - junglecruise80   30.5 #6501 3-19-13 8:06AM Like  Reply
Thank you for all the cool details! Never knew about all the structures and what they represent. Love learning new disney stuff - bbbbberissa   15.9 #9228 3-19-13 8:15AM Like  Reply
Thanks for that info, very interesting. - keepmovingforward   276.0 #1248 3-19-13 10:28AM Like  Reply
Great post, awesome info as always.Thank you. - Hop-Low   634.5 #375 3-19-13 10:46AM Like  Reply
Thank you!! Glad you enjoyed! πŸ˜ƒ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4410.2 #43 3-19-13 11:06AM
Great post I love the condor flats area and I've always wondered what the story of the area was thanks - spaceranger916   383.1 #683 3-19-13 11:09AM Like  Reply
Same here! Glad you enjoyed! : ) - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4410.2 #43 3-24-13 11:38PM
Wow that was all very interesting and now I have even more appreciation for that area. Thank you for taking the time to share all this SICβ€πŸ‘πŸ˜„ - Tinkerbellmom4   473.6 #531 3-19-13 11:44AM Like  Reply
I feel enlightened! Thank you so much for posting this SIC 😊 - JRDrummer_CM   875.4 #255 3-19-13 11:56AM Like  Reply
Awesome, thanks for the info! - VADERonSOARIN   543.0 #444 3-19-13 6:56PM Like  Reply