View Full Version : Northrup Strip - White Sands Space Harbor, White Sands, NM discussion

12-23-2006, 01:19 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile23211/Northrup-Strip---White-Sands-Space-Harbor,-White-Sands,-NM.htm>Northrup Strip - White Sands Space Harbor, White Sands, NM</a></b><br><br>The airfield known as Northrup Strip is located in a salt/gypsum area called Alkali Flats.<br />
This area was first used as an airfield in the late 1940s, when Northrop Aviation Corporation used the natural landing area for target drone projects.<br />
The strip was unofficially called &quot;Northrop Strip&quot; through association with the contractor. <br />
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The Northrop Strip area became part of the Army's White Sands Missile Range in 1952.<br />
An early press release contained a typographical error, misspelling Northrop as &quot;Northrup&quot;.<br />
The error was reproduced in subsequent releases, and later signs, route markers and official Army maps carried the name &quot;Northrup Strip&quot;, making it quasi official. <br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/603079zk.jpg>

12-23-2006, 01:22 AM
Good timing, they were considering landing the shuttle there today. Here is another picture from 1982.