|Airplane Gas Stations|
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|Plane Crash Station
|Bomber Gas Station [gone]
The Plane Crash Station features a WWII fighter plane installed on the canopy. It has been here since at least the 1950s. It was a Beacon station in the 1970s. Around 2007, the canopy was rebuilt and modern pumps were installed. It is still operating as a gas station. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]
Art Lacey's Bomber Gas Station featured a WWII B-17 bomber as a canopy. The plane weighed 32 tons, was 75 feet long and had a wingspan of 104 feet. Mr. Lacey worked on planes during WWII but he was not a great pilot and crashed the first two surplus planes that he attempted to bring to this site. The gas station opened in 1947, followed by the Bomber Drive-In in 1948. The station started out with five pumps but eventually had 40. Although it closed in 1991, the original family still ran the restaurant and the plane was still on display. These photos are from 2008. In 2012, the family began restoring the plane. However, in 2014, it was removed. The plane is going to be restored to fly again. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.
|Airplane Filling Station
|The Airplane Filling Station was built in 1930 by the Nickle brothers. The faux airplane's wing acted as a canopy over the pumps. It functioned as a gas station until the 1960s. The station was sold in the 1970s and was used as a liquor store, a produce stand, a bait shop and a used car lot. The Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association is working on the building's restoration. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2016, the structure began housing John's Barber Shop. For more, see this website. [map]|
More Airplane Gas Stations:
Los Angeles, CA: 1, 2, 3 [gone]
Topeka, KS [gone]
Paris, TN [gone]
Texarkana, TX [plane gone]
Greenville, ME [gone]
Fantasy of Flight Museum: 1, 2 (Tampa, FL)
Flying A Station (Everett) [vintage; gone]
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