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Over the years, Glenview and its unique wartime training program have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. A film produced in 1988 for Chicago's public television station WTTW vividly told the story in the film Top Guns of '43. Hangar One's sixty-six years of service essentially came to a close on February 26, 1995, when the last aircraft made their final departure from the base. Three P-3 Orions, their crews having completed a training weekend at NASG, rolled down the runways for the last time.

Once airborne, they quickly disappeared into the gray overcast winter skies. As the large crowd assembled to witness the last flight out slowly began to dissipate, ground crews, using high-visibility yellow paint, brushed a large letter "X" on each runway. Having served three generations of aviators Hangar One's weather station, maintenance and repair facilities, ready rooms, and administrative offices officially closed.

Naval Air Station Glenview was decommissioned in September 1995. The twelve-hundred-acre NASG base is currently being redeveloped into homes, golf courses, and commercial space. Only the Base Chapel remains. A portion of Hangar One's facade has been preserved, to be incorporated into a mixed-use retail development; the remainder of the building was demolished

 

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