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Building 47  
Site ID No.: 8
Sand Point Naval Air Station
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HISTORY DISTRICT
...Name: Recreation Building
Address: 7110 62nd Ave NE

Entrance

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The Recreation Building was dedicated on December 16, 1941. The purpose of the building was to keep enlisted men and officers physically fit through activities like basketball, volleyball, boxing, gymnastics, handball, and wrestling.  


2007 google earth image
The building also has a pool, 15 feet deep at the deep end to allow for training of flight crews for emergency exit in a water crash.  The mock up of a full cockpit including canopy was called the Dilbert Dunker.  A crew member fully clothed in a flight suit, strapped in was released down rails from about ten feet above the pool.  When the water was struck, the Dilbert Dunker inverted and the flight crew member scrambled to escape. The building was renovated in 2002-2003. Today, the building functions as a community center, containing basketball and volleyball courts, a 500-seat theater, gymnasium, and offices. 


West-Elevation   -   North Entrance


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North Elevation


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South-East Elevation

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Building 222 - Removed
Vacant Site  -  2009 image

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1953 Aerial




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