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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:58 pm    Post subject: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

Hubby & I visited the abandoned control tower on what was the old US Navy Air Base in Hutchinson, KS. We went on a Saturday afternoon; there was a truck across the old runway from us, but no one said anything to us. Very interesting tower, I must say!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:32 am    Post subject: Re: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

Nice pics. That place looks awesome.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

Wow this place is awesome! Had no idea it was there. I may have to check this one out. Thanks! Great pics.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

I would like to go back and snoop around a bit more.

Here's a link to a website that has a lot of information on it:
http://members.tripod.com/airfields_freeman/KS/Airfields_KS_C.htm

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:49 am    Post subject: Re: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

The Wichita SCCA group runs autocross events there every now and then. I've been meaning to go to one to give me an excuse to snoop around. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

Little bit of an update. This is still technically an active run way... of sorts. A group of gliders uses the site for take offs and landings. This is done on the runway adjacent to the tower. There is a second runway that runs parallel and is further from the tower, but it has served as parking for dirt and rock piles and also happens to be the site we use for autocross racing. Pretty neat site, but be warned that there may be people there.

I know one thing for sure, the glider people don't like us autocross folk. We have to use the main run way to access the second run way. You want to talk about some /dirty/ looks! Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:49 pm    Post subject: RE: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

Is this the Sunflower Gliderport? The pics look really familiar. If so, I read a story about a haunting/weird "Twilight Zone" type occurrence at this place.

Apparently, in 1976, Judge Ken Bacon of the Oklahoma State Court of Appeals, a pilot, was flying his open-cockpit plane to Hays, got caught in a freak storm and landed at this abandoned airfield that was labeled on his chart as "Habit Field." (The listing didn't include radio frequencies or any other airport info.) He found an abandoned truck with a sign on it saying, "Hangover Mining Co." He left in a hurry and landed at Lyons. The man at that airport said, "Nobody lands there -- there are strange things that happen there!" Bacon contacted a friend of his who worked at the Tulsa World, who finally got a call through to Habit Field. "This here's an old military base... in private hands now. That's all you need to know." And hung up.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:29 am    Post subject: RE: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

Yeah, RV, that's the Sunflower Aerodrome Gliderport. That's a weird story!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_Aerodrome_Gliderport

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:52 pm    Post subject: RE: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

How on Earth did the navy get ships to fly???

My dad grew up in Hutch, I never knew there was a military base there.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:54 am    Post subject: RE: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

Why would a navy need planes? And in the middle of a continent?

Just kidding, my son is a retired Navy Airdale.

I've always wanted to visit Hutch, but Dad never wanted to go back.
Since he left this cold, cruel wold a few years back, I have to do it.
Still have relatives out that way on his mother's side.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:28 am    Post subject: RE: Hutchinson Air Base Industrial Tract (HABIT) Reply with quote

We were just out there again a couple of weeks ago. The control tower is in even worse shape than it was a few years ago. It's worth a look if you get up that way.

I have found a few cool new places in Kansas and Oklahoma...need to post some new pics. Haven't done that in a while!

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