You’ll Never Guess What’s Inside This Massive Old German Aircraft Hangar. Hint: It’s Awesome

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Image: AirWater/Wikimedia Commons
Image: AirWater

The airfield was later captured by the invading Red Army during the Third Reich’s collapse and eventual defeat. The Soviets went on to use it as a strategic military base in its East German satellite state.

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Image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

However, several years after the demise of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany, the airfield was purchased by a private firm with some incredibly ambitious plans. Logistics company CargoLifter began work on building a hangar large enough to construct and house an airship.

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Image: Brücke-Osteuropa/Wikimedia Commons
Image: Brücke-Osteuropa

Not just any airship, though – this was to be a huge airship capable of lifting and transporting heavy machinery such as locomotives. However, CargoLifter’s lofty idea never really got off the ground as the firm plummeted into bankruptcy in 2002. The airship was never built and the site was abandoned. The humongous hangar lay empty. But not for long…

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