Spring Vacation 2012 - Beaches - L.A.Jansen
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After World War II, the U.S. Navy took over the island and began Operation Bumblebee with Johns Hopkins University, which was the beginning of the U.S space program. Along the Topsail Island oceanfront, rocket launching pads were built, and concrete observation towers, such as this, were built throughout the island to monitor the experimental launchings. Over 200 rocket launchings took place on the island between 1946 and 1948. When the testing program was dismantled, the government sold the island to the public. Many of the original military structures are still standing, and have been repurposed into apartments, or annexed to larger dwellings. Topsail Island, North Carolina.

After World War II, the U.S. Navy took over the island and began Operation Bumblebee with Johns Hopkins University, which was the beginning of the U.S space program. Along the Topsail Island oceanfront, rocket launching pads were built, and concrete observation towers, such as this, were built throughout the island to monitor the experimental launchings. Over 200 rocket launchings took place on the island between 1946 and 1948. When the testing program was dismantled, the government sold the island to the public. Many of the original military structures are still standing, and have been repurposed into apartments, or annexed to larger dwellings. Topsail Island, North Carolina.