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Akron Airdock Fire by ProQuest


In 2003, Lockheed Martin started renovations in an effort to boost its bid to win from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency the $149.2 million high-altitude airship contract, which Lockheed describes as a guardian in the sky to air and ground missile defense needs. Starting near ground level and traveling the entire height of the structure, a large section of the foam insulation and the rubber composite material that cover the 687,000 square feet (63,824 square meters) of Airdock's roof was burning in bright orange flames with thick, black smoke pouring off it.

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