After taking time to visit the museum we decide to take a walk around The Glen to see what traces if any of the naval air station were left over. The Glen is Glenview exclusive shopping area containing many of the typical stores you’d find in a suburban area mall or shopping area. It’s all outdoors and situated where the main ramp used to be.
Pretty much the only thing left over is the main tower. It’s known to the city as Tower One:
As you can see, the local businesses have incorporated the tower into their storefronts. Here’s another view of Tower One and the rest of The Glen from the air:
Tower One is just seen from the vertical strut of this N3N-3. You’re looking from the west. This picture was taken during the grand opening in 2004.
That very same N3N-3 is now preserved in the Von Maur store located at The Glen. Here she is:
Back on the ground and outside there’s a small park that has some statues in dedication to the aviators and aircrews that served there:
Also in the park, you can also purchase bricks and dedicate them to whomever you choose. Proceeds go to the Hangar One Foundation. Here’s some pics of some of those bricks. I’m sure some names may be familiar to readers:
All in all, it was a good trip. I learned there are quite a few ghosts waiting to get their stories told. I’ll probably have more on NAS Glenview as I come across more information.
Up next, I’ll have a photographic roll-call of all the squadrons that served at NAS Glenview.