• Jun 15, 2010
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There are an endless amount of interesting tidbits to be found when browsing satellite images in Google maps and Google Earth. Unfortunately, we have to keep in mind that the images are not in real-time, or even close too it. Most are 2–3 years old or more. That means whatever you see today is likely long gone by the time you're looking at it.

Such is the case for the imagery of a sad little industrial park in Green Cove Springs, Florida, just south of Jacksonville. The Reynolds Industrial Park was once an airport where the U.S. stored mothballed aircraft. Recently, some people with overactive imaginations when it comes to the topic of the United Nations stumbled across this image and came to the erroneous conclusion that the thousands of white vehicles parked on the airport's abandoned runways were UN trucks, possibly being readied for an invasion of Disney World (our guess, not theirs).

In fact, the truth is nothing quite so insidious. The two airstrips full of cars were a surplus of unsold Kias that had been shipped in from Korea and were being stored. Their white color is simply the shrink-wrap that's applied to almost all new cars during shipping to protect their finish. Prior to becoming a Kia storage lot, the same facility was used by Kelsey-Hayes/TRW Automotive as a test track for anti-lock brake systems for some 20 years (this writer formerly worked as an engineer for TRW and spent time at this facility). The white ceramic tile pad formerly used for simulated ice testing is still visible on the upper part of the runway as are the circle tracks.

The airstrips weren't the only automotive use of Reynolds Industrial Park. One of the buildings to the right of the strip was home to Vector Motors for a time in the mid-1990s before it went belly up. Rusting frames of the M12 supercar could be seen stacked outside for several years after.

[Source: Clay Today, Ubest1]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Violent Paranoia? For violent paranoia, you can't do better than Bob Who-Are-You?? Etheridge. He attacks people just for asking him a question on the street. In his mind, he was lashing out at secret right-wing operatives. LOL



      • 4 Years Ago
      i wanna go see 2012 all over now ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Once upon a time I did an autocross or two at reynolds air park. Small world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tachyon

      Let me guess, you really do believe these are Obama-UN vehicles ready to steal your gun, and you are angry at Sam because he must be part of the conspiracy.

      Hey why don't you go ahead and join the tea-bagger forum, there's plenty of imbeciles like you there to exchange your fairy tales.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nothing better than making fun of rednecks
      • 4 Years Ago
      First of all, the UN couldn't possibly afford to have such a large bulk order of vehicles just sit there. I really don't get why tea baggers are so afraid of the UN. The UN doesn't even have proper office supplies. It is so desperate that it would hijack Staples shipments if it could.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What "tea baggers"?
        Nowhere can you possibly imply from this article that they were tea partiers.

        I have lost all respect for the people of this blog if they are dumb enough to equate this with the tea party. You liberal morons are like an Fing disease.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh and on top of that. The UN is run by a bunch of Liberal hack jobs, why do you think we don't other liberal political hacks to control our nation. They can't even run the UN right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This makes sense. The Jacksonville port is the second largest handler of vehicles in the United States, behind New York.

      This facility is close by, with a rail line next to it. You can even see parked train cars in the google image.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      You seem offended by a very funny little story about deranged people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More foreign business taking advantage of US defense/government waste.

      Embarrassing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, fine so they're Kias. Then the real question is "Why is Kia trying to invade Florida", y'all?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Same reason why kudzu is invading Florida. Just because.
        • 4 Years Ago
        HAHA
      • 4 Years Ago
      Easy there, I found it interesting.
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