“former home to over 2000 planes”
Off Interstate 20 in Pyote, TX lie two (2) 8,400 foot-long runways used for World War II training flights of B-17 and B-29 bombers, at the Pyote Air Force Station, formerly Pyote Army Air Field, and nicknamed "Rattlesnake Bomber Base". The base later became an aircraft storage depot, holding some 2,000 warbirds. The museum exhibits the Rattlesnake Bomber Base and local heritage artifacts.
On our way to El Paso, we detoured to have a look at the runways and none of the 3 Google suggested entrances were accessible. They were closed and padlocked. Maybe next time will have better luck...
Stopped here on our way to Marfa. Really cool - one of the favorite stops we made. Worth it. As others have said, the dirt roads leading to this were closed of by gates. So, we just parked and scooted under. I would def suggest reading the history and facts behind it - always leads to a better appreciation. Oh, and this is great to pic taking : )
Not sure if the hangar is actually open to the public anymore, but if you're creative you can figure out a way in. The place is definitely abandoned as there were animal droppings everywhere. The pictures we got are amazing. The base used to hold six hangars, but now only a few walls of one of them remain. You can still make out remnants of 2 propaganda paintings on the outside wall. Even though there's no trace that a plane ever lived here- this base used to store the Enola Gay (the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima).
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