Dow Air Force Base (AFB) began life as Godfrey Field in 1927 on land owned by attorney Edward Godfrey. Northeast Airlines ran commercial flights from Godfrey Field starting in 1931. At the beginning of US involvement in WWII, the air field was taken over by the US Army Air Corps (predecessor of the US Air Force) and it became Bangor Army Air Field.
As Bangor Army Air Field, the base's primary purpose was to serve as a "launching pad" for troops and equipment headed to the European theater. The field was renamed Dow Army Field in 1942.
In 1947, the Army Air Corps became the US Air Force and Dow Army Field became Dow Air Force Base and part of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). In 1958, the longest runway east of the Mississippi (11,400ft) was constructed at Dow to accomodate B52 Stratofortress bombers. These would later be eclipsed by the 12,101ft and 13,209ft monsters at Loring AFB in Limestone, ME. In addition to the B52 bombers, Dow also became home to the 14th Fighter Group and 101st Fighter Interceptor Wing of the Air National Guard. The base was closed in 1968, but the Air National Guard unit remains in place today as the 101st Air Refueling Wing, flying KC135R Stratotankers.
The pictures below are of the Weapons Storage Area (WSA), where munitions of all kinds would have been kept while the base was active. Today the site serves as home to a construction company, an auto body shop and self storage units.
The site can be accessed by getting off of I95 where it meets I395 and taking Odlin Road south. You'll cross some railroad tracks, go up a hill and come to a fork in the road. Go straight (left) at the fork, cross over I95 and you should be staring straight ahead at the water tower.
These images were taken over the course of a few visits and may be out of chronological order. Like many of the pictures taken when I first started in this hobby, the quality is not the greatest because it was before I had gone from a cheap digital camera to a good one. I will be upgrading these images with time.