BEAST Posted May 22, 2015 Share #1 Posted May 22, 2015 In 1916, the last Indianapolis 500 was ran until after the end of WWI. In 1917,the infield was converted to Aviation Repair Depot, Speedway, Indiana and the 821st Aero Repair Squadron was assigned there. As the name states, it was a repair facility, but also aircraft were tested there. Aviation isn't anything new to the speedway. the first race conducted there was a balloon race and the Indianapolis municipal air field was located on the infield before the war. So as your watching the race this weekend, just image biplanes taking off and landing in middle of the oval. Below is a yard long photo of the 821st taken in December 1918. The photo shown below is from the Indiana State Library digital archives. This photo is one of my great white whales that I am hunting for. I have seen a few of them, but have not been able to "harpoon" one yet. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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