Contents:Radar Museum Home
HOW TO FIND..
Early Warning Radar Sites
Radar Time Lines
Mobile & Tactical
E & I
NAVY PICKET SHIPS
Defense Air Divisions
Patches & Emblems
Gap Filler Annexes
Ground Observer Corp
Manual Ops Equipment & Tools
Save the Montauk AFS AN/FPS-35
Arctic Cold War
Greenland & Iceland
Alaska DEW Line
North Warning System
Canadian Air Defense Radar
Pine Tree Line
Canadian DEW Line
7 Dec 1941
Peterson Air & Space Museum
National Museum of the USAF
Secrets of Radar
Canadian Radar Museum
MITRE Radar Test Sites
Bendix Field Engineering
ADC Fact Sheets
ADCP 109-1, 1963
Radar Maint. Job Desc.
NORAD Fact Sheet
Satellite Image Notes
Air Defense Weapons
Nike Historical Site
New York Nike sites
Nike Sites of the Los Angeles Defense Area
Relics of the Cold War
Nike Site maps
S. Florida Nike Defense
Nike Zeus History
Boeing Nike Zeus
Ring of Fire
Radar Trivia Quiz #1
Radar Trivia Quiz #2
Alaskan NCO Club Scrip Coins
N-Guage Radar Site Model
.Cold War Recognition Certificate
Scott's Trip Reports
USAF Adv c. 1960
What is a Veteran?
|Actual exchanges between pilots and control towers|
The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.
Speedbird 206 -- " Frankfurt , Speedbird 206! clear of active runway."
Ground -- "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."
The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
Ground -- "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206 -- "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience) -- "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly) -- "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- And I didn't land."
Radomes is now a subsidary of AFRMA, Inc. This Online Radar Museum is now an integral part of NADRM, the National Air Defense Radar Museum. AFRMA is a non-profit organization, however, membership dues are not deductible. The Air Force Radar Museum Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable Foundation, and its projects, the Online Radar Museum and the National Air Defense Radar Museum, are tax-deductible charitable functions of AFRMA. Contributions and gifts to the Association and/or museum, expenses incurred for museum research, mileage, mailing, etc. are tax-deductible.
Peterson Air & Space Museum
Online Air Defense
"Bubble Check" - Bob Fortmuller
Welcome to the Online Air Defense Radar Museum, the online portion of the National Air Defense Radar Museum, a project of The Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc. This is a museum, not of physical hardware, electronics, musty old books or other artifacts, but rather a virtual museum of online documents which contain (or will contain) the history of the U.S. Air Force in the defense of the airspace of North America and elsewhere around the globe. This is a living work, continuously updated with new material. We never close, you may visit anytime. Please sign our guestbook, and feel free to post questions, notices, etc. in the "Radar Forum" BBS. Check "What's New" frequently for new displays.
Our primary mission and current focus is to document Aircraft Control and Warning (AC&W) Squadrons, (later called simply Radar) Squadrons which were in the United States, both the "lower 48" and Alaska, and Hawaii. We are also documenting certain overseas sites which were front-line Early Warning sites, located in Greenland and Iceland, Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Only Canada is omitted, as the radar stations there (Pinetree Line, Mid-Canada Line, and DEW Line) are thoroughly documented on other web sites.
We will also be documenting ground-to-air missile sites, such as BOMARC (and also Nike Missile command-and-control sites that were shared with the Air Force). We also document Air Force / NORAD command-and-control direction centers and control centers, manual and SAGE. All entries are treated as ''Radar Sites'' on our Search page.
While some of the documentation is a result of the work of the principals involved with the site's creation and maintenance, a large and growing portion comes from Air Force veterans who served on these sites and their families.
This site is a "labor of love" for those of us directly involved. This is not a commercial venture, and you will find no advertising to annoy you.
We will be providing links to known Web sites of various USAF AC&W Squadrons which were located overseas, as well as other sites of interest to radar, Early Warning, and Cold War topics.
This site is dedicated to the thousands of U.S. Air Force "Cold Warriors" who served, mostly without recognition, during the Cold War period following the Second World War, up to the present day. This dedication is extended to the other branches of service -- the US Army, the US Navy, the US Marine Corps, the FAA, the Air Force Reserve, the Air National Guard, and many civilian organizations (e.g., AT&T, MIT, Bell Western, General Electric, Westinghouse, Sperry Gyroscope, Avco, Bendix, Raytheon, IBM, etc.) -- and many others who contributed to the air-dense systems. .
U.S. Air Force vets who served at AC&W radar sites, command-and-control sites, air-defense missile sites, and related sites are encouraged to contact us, Gene McManus or Tom Page. We can always use information about an individual AC&W site; documents, photos, stories, etc. are all welcome. It may take us a while, but we'll return all loaned material after scanning into our computers.
If you currently live near an abandoned AC&W site, or working U.S. Air Force early warning radar installation, you can contribute to this site by taking photos of the radar station as it exists today. Please get permission first; most of the old sites are now private property. See our "Tips" page for some ideas here. We can scan almost any format, and will return your photos after we've completed the scanning operation.
This is an Unofficial site, prepared and maintained by U.S. Air Force veterans. It is not in any way sponsored by, approved by, or otherwise sanctioned by the United States Air Force.
Radomes, Inc. is a division of the Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc.
The entire contents of this web site is the property of the Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc. and the National Air Defense Radar Museum and is © Copyright 1998-2022, AFRMA, Inc., All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted to copy portions for non-commercial use, provided that appropriate credit is written as "Courtesy National Air Defense Radar Museum, http://www.afrmaonline.org, all rights reserved". Copying for any commercial use is forbidden without express written permission of the Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc.
Use of any material posted on this website constitutes explicit permission for reciprocal use of the borrower's materials.
Help build & support the NADRM - Buy a commemorative brick!
Click image to downlad a brick order form in PDF format