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Welcome to the Online Air Defense Radar Museum. We hope you enjoy your visit, and that we have contributed a little something in the name of those who served.  Gene.

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07/31/2000 00:00:00

Name: L. Emery
Email: Emery.l AT

Great site... Would enjoy hearing from members of 602 AC&W squadron who served 1964 through 1967.

07/28/2000 00:00:00

Name: Bob Thomson
Email: bob.thomson AT

Just read the information about the Systems Training program that was posted in today`s` RADOME `What`s New` section. The info was very interesting, as we knew no background of the trainer or its development. When I was stationed at the 703rd in Texarkana, Ar, a T2 Intercept Simulator was installed in 1958. The gear was located in a small room behind the Ops room, and was connected to one or more of the operational scopes. The simulator could be set up with a number of intercept parameters, and the GCI Controllers would maneuver the fighters, using voice commands as if they were controlling real aircraft. They were in fact talking to the ICTs, who were playing fighter jock, using profile charts and simulation scripts that dictated the operational parameters of the fictional fighters, and the war game environment. We would maneuver the fighter blips in response to the verbal commands, while making sure that everything was being conducted in accordance with the scripts. A number of different scripts were available, and would change from month to month. We would receive a monthly packet, containing a film that was loaded into the simulator, a printed script that only the operators could read, instruction sheets, and a circular slide rule like device about eight inches in diameter, which defined the performance profile for a fighter. A number of different fighter profiles were available (F86, F-89, and F102), and the simulator would perform to a given fighters speed, altitude, fuel consumption, and AI radar capabilities. The ICT operators used an overlay to determine the success of the intercept, and in a sense had the finial say as to the success or failure of a given intercept. There would be times when the Controller Officers became a bit testy about an A/1C pretend pilot not agreeing with their personal assessment of the intercept. Thanks for the insight, and looking forward to more information.

07/27/2000 00:00:00

Name: Tom Nash
Email: nashtom1 AT

As I read over the messages, I find one area that has`t been covered, and probably best forgotten. The people responsible for the 2Am recalls. The EXERCISE BRANCH people. First it was the IPS`s on the T2 runing STP`s then it was the SSTM`s and the people in the back room, Sim Sup, ABS, IPS`s. I remember At WADS @ Ft Lee, we ran four SSTM`s per week. Tuesday swing, Wednesday midnite,Wednesday swing, Thursday midnite. Off Friday Saturday and Sunday, Mondays Day shift in office. Great Job. And then there was SPARS, Site Production and Reduction System. SDC created the program and provided us with a more realistic trainging tool. That is if you didn`t mind seeing the same weather pattern over and over again. Both SAGE and BUIC were able to run some very good exercies. Especialy when the horn went off at 02:00

07/27/2000 00:00:00

Name: Frank Palcher
Email: fpalcher AT

Gene; Please add my e-mail address to my entry at 666th and 866th.

07/26/2000 00:00:00

Name: Howard Campbell, (ex Sgt Air Defence Supervisor, RAAF)
Email: cindyw AT

This site has been extremely informative but I wonder if anyone has any historical information on Air Defence Radars between 1955-1977. I am currently researching material to write a book on this era in Australia and Butterworth (Malaysia) and would appreciate any assistance that can be offered with regard to the A/N FPS3, A/N FPS6, A/N MPS7, A/N MPS14, A/N FPS20, A/N FPS507 and the HUBCAP system. Thank you

07/26/2000 00:00:00

Name: Colonel Dan M. Goad
Email: drdangoad AT

Glad to see the community getting together to celebrate a very special heritage. Lots of wonderful memories and the knowledge that what we did made a difference and helped bring the Cold War to an end...

07/25/2000 00:00:00

Name: Edward A. Skkog
Email: eskoog AT

Served 921st ACWRON St. Anthony NFLD 1965/66 and 688 ACWRON Amarillo TX 1966/67 as RADAR Repairman (AFC 30332)

07/23/2000 00:00:00

Name: Edward R. Franklin
Email: erfranklin AT

New e-mail address is My ISP went bankrupt.

07/23/2000 00:00:00

Name: Tom Scanlan
Email: toms AT

Fabulous site!! We live 5 miles from the old Calumet AFS, MI, 665th Radar Sq. Would love to talk with people stationed at Calumet. We also house our TV transmitter in the old Painesdale Gap Filler Site, complete with working USAF diesel generator!

07/22/2000 00:00:00

Name: Terry Aitken
Email: terrill.aitken AT

Nice to know that you are there. Perhaps we can have an opportunity to talk about your history and your organization regarding our Cold War Expansion here at the USAF Museum.

07/22/2000 00:00:00

Name: Dick Barrett
Email: dick.barrett AT

Great work! I served in the Royal Air force from `70 to `79, the last five years on `Linesman`. It was a real pleasure to find this site and I am now a `Proud supporter of Radomes Inc`! I have started documenting the RAF side of the story at so come on over and see what we got up to! Best regards.

07/21/2000 00:00:00

Name: Bobbie R. Bass SMSGT retired
Email: bobbieandlinda AT

visited in Dec 99, but have changed E-mial address since then, it is now greetings from beautiful North Carolina

07/17/2000 00:00:00

Name: Loney Turpin
Email: turpinl AT

Tom & Gene- I have been busily working on finding former Mica Peak members. And I have been successful. I tracked down Dan Goad (now Colonel) and he also has contact with other former members. We are now planning a reunion. Anyone with pointers on how to do that would be greatly appreciated. Now back to work on the GATR stuff.....

07/15/2000 00:00:00

Name: Edward M. Elkins
Email: aelkins AT

Finally we have others to identify with. Will mnever forget the long night missions, and 2 A.M. recalls. My assignments: 26th ADS (POADS)Adair AFS, Corvallis, Or (4625th Sup.Sq)62-68; 827th Radar Sq(SAGE)Keno, Or.68-70,72-73;1MWS Thule (J-site)70-71; 776 Radar Sq (SAGE)Pt. Arena, Ca. 71-72; 153rd TACC, Portland Int`l Airport (ANG)73-78

07/14/2000 00:00:00

Name: Ken Blum
Email: kvblum AT

Spent 20 years as a 303X2 - Osceola, Philippines, Radar Eval at Hill, Nam, Finland, Hofn, etc. Like the site.

07/13/2000 00:00:00

Name: Fraser MacNeil
Email: AT

I would like to hear from some old aquaintances from the pine tree line or the OTHB in Bangor Me

07/12/2000 00:00:00

Name: Ed Crofoot
Email: ecrofoot AT

I also was a 30352E 56-60 and was assigned to the 602nd AC&W at Giebelstadt Germany and later on while working for Bendix Field Eng. Corp was a Site rep. at the 777 AC@W Klamath CA. This is a great site and if anyone I served with reads this send me a msg.

07/11/2000 00:00:00

Name: william l. mentzer
Email: jersybrass AT

stationed at the 770th AC&W Sqdn 1954-55-56 in Palermo, NJ Worked in the C&E Office under Capt. T M Jenne and Lt. D Augenstein Great experience. Married Jeanne Clayton of Palermo in 55. Just celebrated our 45th. 1 Son & 4 Grandsons

07/11/2000 00:00:00

Name: Larry Russell
Email: russell2000l AT

I was a 30352 (`56-`60)repair grunt on the FPS-3,6A,18,& 20. I spent time at sites at Brookfield AFS, TT#2, TT#4, Custer AFS, and St Albans AFS. This site brought back a lot of memories. Keep up the good work.

07/10/2000 00:00:00

Name: jerry swanson
Email: nonnie_papa AT

I was stationed at the 799th from jan58 tomay 59. at 691st from may 59 t0 may 60. at 921st from may 60 to may61. I would be interested in hearing from anyon at any of these sites during those times, Jerry

07/10/2000 00:00:00

Name: Greg Ogletree
Email: GregOgletree AT

Great Web site! My check for membership is in the mail, along with an added treat that I think you`ll find useful. I did tours at 761 RADS, 795 AC&W Sq, and 25 ADS. Let me know how I can help!

07/09/2000 00:00:00

Name: Adrian G. (Bud) Denno
Email: buddenno AT

Just finished a note to Gene on info about 717th AC&W Site, Alaska and the MITRE Corporation Radar Site in West Bath, Maine. This is a great venture and I wish you well in getting more support in adding to your museum data bank.

07/09/2000 00:00:00

Name: Kenneth L Jones
Email: kenjones1 AT

Enjoyed our tour of duty; was really great while it lasted! Trying to find TSGT Fred Hildebrand. We were close friends.

07/09/2000 00:00:00

Name: Larry Elbert
Email: cle1455 AT

Enjoyed visiting this web site. Will consider joining.

07/09/2000 00:00:00

Name: Harry Larrabee Sr
Email: harry AT

Was stationed with the 1933 Comm Sq Det 4 which supported the 640th AC&W at Stevenville with Pole Vault. Also was stationed with the 654 RADRON at Navy Brunswick, then xfered to HQ 36 Air Defense Sector (SAGE) at Topsham Air Force Station. Worked the GATR Sites the last two assignments. Went on to United States Air Force Security Service, later to be named Electronic Security Command. Spent most of my air force time with USAFSS and ESC.

07/08/2000 00:00:00

Name: John Breidford
Email: johnanna AT

In 1956 when I arrived at the 637th AC&W sq., Othello, Wash. we were under the 9th Air Div., Geiger Field. Sometime later, it was changed to the 25th Air Division. Does anyone know the story on that change?, and what ever happened to the 9th???

07/07/2000 00:00:00

Name: Len Campaigne
Email: LenCamp AT

What a treasure-trove of materials. Congratulations on a great site! I`ve already found a dozen or more names of people I served with over the years, and plan to get in touch. Anyone up for a 21st NORAD Region Control Center reunion? I retired 4 years ago from the CF as a LCol, after 25 years in the air defense business, and now work for IBM out of Colorado Springs, Colorado -- how ironic that IBM was the main contractor for SAGE, and they have Q-7 consoles in their training facility at Palisades NY.

07/05/2000 00:00:00

Name: Kenneth L Jones
Email: kenjones1 AT

I joined the 660th right out of Basic Training as the site draftsman in 1959. I remember TSgt Joe Thibault and SSgt John Williams.

07/05/2000 00:00:00

Name: Bill Alley

I`m an old AWACS computer geek who spent my first five years of `retirement` working for ITT maintaining the DEWLine in its final five years of life. I`ve spent many weeks at PIN-3. Sorry to see it burn. Bill

07/05/2000 00:00:00

Name: Ralph Hanna
Email: hannar AT

I like your project; you are documenting an under-appreciated role the USAF played in winning the Cold War. Air defense and airspace soverignty were expected during a challenging period of our country`s history. It was provided and we won the war.

07/04/2000 00:00:00



07/03/2000 00:00:00

Name: Arnold Hooper
Email: hoopa AT

Looking for anyone stationed at Mt Tam, Ca. 666th AC & W

07/03/2000 00:00:00

Name: Frank L. Fenn
Email: ffenn AT

Served at the 686th ACW in Roswell, New Mexico & The 717th ACW outside of McGrath, Alaska in 1961.

07/03/2000 00:00:00

Name: Steve Hornung
Email: sdhornung AT

The discovery of this site has been a real pleasure for me. Having served at many of these radar sites, it was wonderful to be able to find both information and photos reference my past USAF assignments. I may have to go digging through my stuff to see what I can find in regard to any photos that I might have that could be useful to this site. However, there is one site that I have not been able to find any information on. Though it is a closed missile warning site, I was hoping that someone reading this might be able to direct me. The site I am referring to was called Eldorado AFS, located just north of Eldorado, TX. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

07/01/2000 00:00:00

Name: John Strong

If you were there from Mar 57, Feb 58, drop me a note.

07/01/2000 00:00:00

Name: Hurley R. Ballenger
Email: 70426.705 AT

What a pleasant surprise to find this site ! I served with Det 6/601st TCS 1966-1969 (Grafenwohr), 619th TCS 1969-1970 (Tan Son Nhut), and 83rd TCF/607th TCS 1970-1973(Davis-Monthan). ..... Brings back lots of memories !!!

07/01/2000 00:00:00

Name: Armond C Allbritton
Email: brittmin AT

Was senior ADC controller at 30th AD the night in Apr `52 when the 8 USSR bombers almost made it into Detroit&Chicago. This has been the best kept secret of the cold war. For my book I need to hear from the following. The Russian aircrews,persons on duty in thd Pentagon War room,EADF duty crew, 30th AD operations crew, B/G Tucker and Staff (30th CG).Crews on duty at radar sites in MI. WI. and AK. Army Nike crews in Detroit and Chicago area. Any tech rep that can shed light on the complete failure or blackout of all AK communications for more than one hour. SAC crews that streamed North in the safe corridors and disappeared over the radar horizon. All intelligence agencies and the FBI, give me a break, we all are getting old, and I (and you too) owe it to these people who saved this nation that night, to tell what Happened,so they can be recognized. especially want to hear what happened to the aircrews that night, the MI Air National Guard (P-51`s) Navy Reserve, Chicago (F-4U`s ) Used these tiger`s to build a low-alt fence 50 mi inside Canada. The F-89`s F-86`s and F-94C`s were absolutely flawless, tell me what you felt. Don`t tell me it`s nothing, you Gunnery school Instructor`s who went to bed early at Tyandall AFB,Fl. and found yourself plugged into a starting unit and inside your 94C`s on two minute alert at 0400 hrs at Wurtsmith AFB, MI. I did not know of a single slip-up that night. I know what I felt that night, but I must know what you felt, so I can tell THEM!! I will acknowledge any one that contributes (and a free book of course). I will also donate 25% of any income to the AIR DEFENSE RADAR MUSEUM.ACA