Loring Air Force Base, Part 1

Jul 29th 2011 — Maine — 9:24 am

My last day in Maine I made it to Loring Air Force Base, located near Limestone.

A few quotes from the linked Wikipedia page regarding the base

Loring AFB was carved out of the woods of Maine beginning in the late forties and officially dedicated in 1953.

The host wing for Loring AFB throughout its existence was the 42nd Bomb Wing. The wing originally flew the B-36 Peacemaker, converting later to the B-52 Stratofortress…

The Nuclear Weapons Storage Area at Loring once operated as a separate, top secret facility. Originally called the North River Depot, the remote area to the northeast of Loring’s property was the first U.S. Operational site specifically constructed for the storage, assembly, and testing of atomic weapons…

Since 1981, nearly $300 million in military construction and operations and maintenance funds were spent to upgrade the facilities…

The official base closure date was 30 September 1994.

It is a strange feeling to ride a bicycle around an area where a third of a billion dollars was spent since I was born and is now largely devoid of human presence.


  1. Hey, so my girlfriend and I are interested in some Urban Exploration while we are up here in ME for the summer and we decided that Loring AFB and the OTH Radar station in Moscow ME were worth checking out. What was it like trying to get onto the property? Was the only “security” the park ranger presence?

    Comment by Chandler — September 4, 2013 @ 8:29 pm
  2. Sup Chandler! Getting onto the property was not a problem. I took a dirt road that ended up by those barracks. I actually was told I had to leave that area and was given a ride off the property.

    The airstrip was right by some residential area and easily accessible as well. I didn’t see anyone else around and no one told me that I wasn’t supposed to be there.

    Comment by Michael Sulock — September 10, 2013 @ 12:03 am
  3. Nice shots of the “Vamp House” in the WSA. So many legends surrounded that building. That, and “The Bank” as well.

    Comment by Greg — August 26, 2016 @ 11:03 am
  4. How do u get to the igloos?? We went there looking and be and I could not find it.

    Comment by Bonnienclyde — November 19, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

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