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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.

Please consider joining our new radar museum organization, The Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc. AFRMA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit Ohio Corporation. Our sole purpose is the creation and support of the National Air Defense Radar Museum at Bellefontaine, Ohio. Please visit our home page to join or donate to this cause. AFRMA, Inc. - The Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc.. Follow the "Memberships" link on the AFRMA home page.

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01/31/2001 00:00:00

Name: Shari
Email: piglt AT

Great site! Looking for anyone that may have known my Dad Bernard Balter. His last station was Lockport in 1957. Alaska prior. Trained at Sampson AFB 1954. Thanks for the read.

01/30/2001 00:00:00

Name: John Falk
Email: jefalk AT

Thanks for the great pictures and infor on 744th AC&W Murphy Dome AK Was there Jan 56 to Dec 57 and visited again in 75

01/29/2001 00:00:00

Name: peter
Email: wcc19 AT

Could you pls tell me normally what is the pulse width of air radar?

01/27/2001 00:00:00

Name: Joseph J. Dacko
Email: joedacko AT aol,com

This is realy great! Served at 656 Radar Sq Saratoga NY 65-69 655 Radar Sq Watertown 73-79 795 AC&W Sq Cape Romanzof 71-72 714 AC&W Sq Cold Bay 77

01/27/2001 00:00:00

Name: Robert Martin
Email: tsystems AT

205 GEEIA member that de-installed AC&W from Tinker Annex and installed at Serve Weather Site at Norman, Okla. This was then converted and was the first NEXRAD which is still in use.

01/27/2001 00:00:00

Name: Ronald Mullen
Email: Rnldmullen AT

I sent a check along with an application for membership. My check was returned with a note on the application stating `Do not have a coupon`. I need some advice on this situation.

01/27/2001 00:00:00

Name: Thomas R. Toomey
Email: trtoomey AT

Retired June 1, 1976 at 786 Radar Sqdn. Stationed at Keesler 71-72,694 Radar Sqdn, Lewistown, MT,68-71, 619TCS, Det9 Vietam 67-68, Adair,Ore 63-67, 776Radar Sqdn 61-63, Keesler 60-61, 669 Radar Sqdn 57-58, Othello AFS 57, 921ACW St Anthony, Newfoundland,56-57 Keesler 55-56.

01/27/2001 00:00:00

Name: Joe Dacko
Email: joedacko AT

While stationed at the 656 Radar Sq (Z50) from April 65 to Jul 69. maintained the gap fillers at Z50A, Z50B and Z50E till they were closed in 1968.

01/27/2001 00:00:00

Name: James E. Chatfield
Email: JChatfi385 AT

The pictures of the sites I was on brings back many memories.

01/25/2001 00:00:00

Name: William "Willie" Hanson
Email: whanson AT

Was with the 601st AC&W Squadron stationed at Rothwesten, Germany 53-57. See pictures taken then and now at my web site:

01/22/2001 00:00:00

Name: Donald R. Doty

Would enjoy hearing from anyone that was stationed with the 912th AC&W Sqdn, Ramore, Ontario Canada from Sept. 1955 to April 1957 especially my old crew chief SSgt Raymond Brown. This is great site and you guys are doing a wonderful job.

01/22/2001 00:00:00



01/21/2001 00:00:00

Name: Otto C. Richard aka(QTHush)
Email: Basinblues AT

Anyone who was at Empire AFS, Empire, Michigan can contact me at the above email address..

01/21/2001 00:00:00

Name: Otto C. Richard aka(QTHush)
Email: Basinblues AT

Anyone who was at Empire AFS, Empire, Michigan can contact me at the above email address..

01/21/2001 00:00:00

Name: Dick McIntyre (ret)
Email: rdmci AT

Excellent site. Having served at Cape Romanzof (795th AC&W) in `54-`55, I understand the need for this site. Keep up the GOOD work.

01/20/2001 00:00:00

Name: Larry A. Kindberg
Email: lkindber AT

Served at the 764th Radar Sq., St. Albans, Vt from 1969 to 1972. Worked at the GATR site. This site is great! Thanks for the memories!

01/19/2001 00:00:00

Name: Jim Tarbet
Email: jim_tarbet AT

4645 Support Sq, 29th AD(SAGE), Duluth 615th AC&W Sq, Birkenfeld, Germany Thanks for Great Information

01/16/2001 00:00:00

Name: Josephine Anne McBride [
Email: wjmgrimes AT

in memory of my father, SSGT Hugh A. McBride

01/15/2001 00:00:00

Name: Gene Lake
Email: glake63 AT

I am interested in the history of USAF units in Spain. I am looking for folks who may have photos, documents, reminiscences, etc to help me in my search. I retired from the USAF in 1976 after 20 years service.

01/15/2001 00:00:00

Name: William R. Johnson, CMSgt (Ret)
Email: BuckyJohnson54 AT

Stationed at South Truro, Apr 55 to Sep 58.

01/15/2001 00:00:00



01/14/2001 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Truscott (SMsgt Ret)
Email: older AT

1954-1974 Radar maint(303x2).AC&W sites at Finland,MN:Grand Rapids MN:Selfridge AFB MI:Texas Towers:Viet Nam:Ramstein AFB Ger(USAFE Radar Evaluation):Colo Springs CO(aero space hq):Clark AFB PI(PACAF Radar Evaluation):Hickim AFB HI(radar eval):McCord AFB WA(SAGE hqr PACE)

01/13/2001 00:00:00

Email: N5UDU AT

616 AC&W Sq, Ulm Germany , Aug 1956 to Aug 1960.

01/12/2001 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Thomas
Email: ceebarcee AT

Love this site. Brings back good memories. Was 30352 from `64-`72. Was at the 612th, 744th, 858th and finished at 607th TCS Luke AFB.

01/12/2001 00:00:00

Name: Ed Crofoot
Email: ecrofoot AT

I enjoy this site very much and check it almost every day. I was with the 602nd at Giebelstadt in 57 and 58 as a 303X2 and also the 777th as a Bendix Rep. in 61 and 62. All of the messages bring back lots of memories.

01/11/2001 00:00:00

Email: MOODY4444 AT

radar crew chief under Col Kerr in the 961st. Flew with Toomey, De graff, Potock,and Mcavoy. Ret E9 in Las Vegas.

01/10/2001 00:00:00

Name: larry l. carter
Email: easyst AT

I was at Boron Ca.jss site from 1961 to 1965 started out on the fps-20 then took over the fps-35 transfered to mt. hebo,or. as a AFETS to replace the TECREPS on the Fps-24 untill the radome was blown off. Took a tour in Thailand for two years with the Armed Forcies Radio and (AFTN) returned to Hebo on the Fps-26 untill they started to close the site. I returned the F.A.A. in Boise Id. I retired in 1990. In my 35 years of service with the FAA and DOD I went to most of the Long Range Radar sites in the west. I worked with a lot of good people in that time and this is nice to check in to from time to bring back those memories.

01/10/2001 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Taylor
Email: ceg206 AT

Joined today. Assigned to 786th in Minot ND in early 1951 - 50 years this year.

01/08/2001 00:00:00

Name: Tom Gillespie
Email: Gilthm AT

Does anyone know of a site for the radar squrions in europe. I WAS AT THE 603RD TCS AT Sembach, Germany from 1979 -1983.Would appreciate any help.

01/08/2001 00:00:00

Name: Robert A. Rapp
Email: rrapp AT

Thank You...Will send my registration soon to Radomes....I served as a Radar Operator in four units from 4-62` until 4-66...1st, Reno ADS (28th Air Div.) SAGE. 2nd, 874th AC&WRon Inoges, Spain; Dec.63`-Jul.64`...3rd, 616th AC&WRon Wasserkuppe, Germany; 7-64 until 8-65...4th, 25th Air Div. McChord AFB SAGE, `War Room` for Gen. Staff...8-65` until 4-66, discharge...Sgt. AF19730051. Would love contact with guys from those units...Thanks

01/08/2001 00:00:00

Name: Bill Bartlett
Email: wbartlett AT

Just got my E-mail address and wanted to leave it with you. (I will be looking for information and pictures of manual sites that I was stationed at.) Thanks again for the web site. Bill

01/07/2001 00:00:00

Name: MSsgt Ronald E. Mullen, USAF (Ret)
Email: Rnldmullen AT

I left an earlier msg for past members of 666ACW & 778ACW. I`m enterested in past members of Det 3, 619ACW, Vietnam.

01/07/2001 00:00:00

Name: william c. "Bill" Bartlett
Email: none yet, will advise later. AT

Afsc 27370 and stationed at several sites. My computer arrives tomorrow and I will re-contact. I have a few pictures I will give you. Many thanks for your work on this web site. warm regards, Bill

01/06/2001 00:00:00

Name: Larry Hyde
Email: larlinhyde AT

Just came across your web lastt night I was a radar operator 66-67 , at 921st St. Anthony NF also went to RVN Det 11 619th Hon Tre island 67-68

01/06/2001 00:00:00

Name: Jim Trowbridge
Email: jtrow AT

Sampson FLT 2931. Eglin 1954, Mt Tam. 1955, Saglek 1956, Gettysburg 1957.

01/06/2001 00:00:00

Name: Bernie Morris
Email: bruni9 AT

666th Acw Sqd. 1955-1956. Msgt. Ronald Mullen please leave complete email address, can`t correspond. HI Hoop.

01/06/2001 00:00:00

Name: Paul Bitler
Email: arr423dui AT

Need some help. Can anyone out there tell me how to save old thermafax records. I have a lot from my day`s at Fallon in the late 50`s. They are starting to fade now due to age, also getting brittle. Thanks.

01/06/2001 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT

Aircraft Warning and Control ... Rules of the Sky 1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory. 2. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick all the way back, then they get bigger again. 3. Flying isn`t dangerous. Crashing is what`s dangerous. 4. It`s always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here. 5. The ONLY time you have too much fuel is when you`re on fire. 6. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating. 7. When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky. 8. A `good` landing is one from which you can walk away. A `great` landing is one after which they can use the plane again. 9. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won`t live long enough to make all of them yourself. 10. You know you`ve landed with the wheels up if it takes full power to taxi to the ramp. 11. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice versa. 12. Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn`t get to five minutes earlier. 13. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds. 14. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of takeoffs you`ve made. 15. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are. 16. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck. 17. Helicopters can`t fly; they`re just so ugly the Earth repels them. 18. If all you can see out of the window is ground that`s going round and round and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger compartment, things are not at all as they should be. 19. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose. 20. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment. 21. It`s always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward as much as possible. 22. Keep looking around. There`s always something you`ve missed. 23. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It`s the law. And it`s not subject to appeal. 24. The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, runway behind you, and a tenth of a second ago.

01/05/2001 00:00:00

Name: Stanley Duro
Email: standuro AT

In the Hartford (CT) Courant the obituary column listed a Elmer `Al` Charette. Born in Hartford 12/14/36 and passed at 63 years in Glasgow, MT 12/6/00. I noted that after his USAF service in Korea, he was transferred to Opheim AFS, MT. Besides his residence in Glasgow, MT he also worked & lived in Iran & Saudi Arabia. He was survived by his wife Marlene in Glasgow. I felt if I furnished this info and someone remembered Al, they could provide additional information and post it in the `TAPS` section.

01/04/2001 00:00:00

Name: MSgt Ronald E. Mullen, USAF (Ret)
Email: Rnldmullen AT

Interested in locating past members of the following units: 778ACWRON, Haver AFS, Montana, 666ACWRON, Mill Valley AFS, California.

01/03/2001 00:00:00

Name: Richard L. Ice
Email: AT

Thanks for doing this! I was at the Soo from July 1972 to Sept 1974 as a radar tech in the FPS-35 tower. It was great fun working on the old monster! I`ve put my name on the 753rd roster.

01/02/2001 00:00:00

Email: GPayne1110 AT

Stationed at Ft.Lee, Va. June 1977 - Sep 1980. TSGT 391X0, Projects, Programs Management; worked transitions of 20AD SAGE sites to JSS; Height finder removals. Moved to Tyndall AFB Sep 80. Finished site conversions and installation of comm circuits and equipment into the ROCC at Tyndall. Retired AF FEB 82; hired civil svc at Tyndall Jan 84 and still here. Anyone know where abouts of MSgt Mike Gaylor? He was a computer maintenance type at Ft. Lee.

01/01/2001 00:00:00

Name: Dick Murphy
Email: rmurph AT

Happy New Year!! The years really fly by, especially for us more `mature` vets. Dick Murphy, 645th Radar Sq., Patrick AFB, Fla. 62-65. Certainly enjoyed those years of my misspent youth. Would love to hear from anyone who served there during that time. Served only one tour and got out, but remember those times vividly. Anybody know the where abouts of Loren Conrad, Robert Jernigan, Lt. Arnold, Sgt. Hassett, Sgt. Watkins, Sgt. Burkhalter, Airman Freeney, or others serving during that period? Certainly have fond memories of the beaches, the girls, the Fla. sun, and playing basketball and softball during my time there. Wishing all a healthy and happy New Year!!

01/01/2001 00:00:00

Name: Michael G. Hoing
Email: hoing AT

I do have a patch for the 616th. The motto was `Go like Lightening, Crash like Thunder.` I can get it scanned. Where would I send it? R/Mike

01/01/2001 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT

Christmas brought a couple of the inevitable polo shirts. May I suggest the fashionable Radomes member affix to these items, as I have, the Radomes Museum patch, available at this site. Click the `BX` item to the left. More than one person has asked about the patch, thus leading to a perfect chance to tell some radar stories as well as get the word out about this museum. Also, enter `radar` at at the `ebay` site sometime. Amid the auto radar detectors and general junk is the occasional radar curiosity. (No, I am not a seller of any item thereon, just found some odd radar-connected items there, a few tech books, a set of `Radar Men from the Moon` videos, what was billed as an antenna, etc.) Finally, may 2001 see continued success of this museum and may its membership continue to expand.