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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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07/31/2003 00:00:00

Name: David Pina, TSgt, AF Retired
Email: davrob4 AT

Came upon this web site by accident and am sure glad I did. Was able to locate three of the stateside radar sites I was stationed at and was able to get some neat pictures from it.

07/31/2003 00:00:00

Name: Jack McKinney
Email: thejlm1729 AT

To all air defense radar veterans: I am involved in the establishment of an Air Defense Command display at the Peterson Air and Space Museum, Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, CO. Would welcome any photos, manuals, books, uniforms items, patches, etc. regarding the air defense business regardless of the time period. We will also be doing the same for NORAD COC. You will be credited with any contributions. Contact me by e-mail to discuss shipping arrangements, reimbursement, etc. Thanks. Jack McKinney

07/29/2003 00:00:00

Name: Bob Vincent
Email: BayouBark AT

Was at Fortuna in `60 and `61. When were you there?

07/28/2003 00:00:00

Name: Dave Auvil
Email: Timingdva AT

America lost a great entertainer today, and the American GI lost a friend. God Bless Bob Hope, and Thanks for the Memories.

07/28/2003 00:00:00

Name: Jim Nelson
Email: jimmmmy_z AT

I was just wondering if any one remembers The Fortuna ND Air base?

07/28/2003 00:00:00

Name: Glenn Widner
Email: gwwidner AT

Rest in peace Mr. Hope. We will never forget you.

07/24/2003 00:00:00

Name: Walt Martley
Email: bettyandwalt AT

Is there anybody out there who remembers or was a part of the 7420th Radar Evaluation Squadron out of Ramstein? I rambled around the 412 AWCS sites as part of that group in the late 60s. Before that I worked at the Borfink bunker (615 AC&W Sqdn), and the 644th Radar Sqdn at Richmond NAS just south of Miami. That place was totalled by Hurricane Andrew!!!

07/23/2003 00:00:00

Name: Richard Vedas
Email: rbvedas AT

Hi, I found your site while searching for Air Division locations, I was stationed at Hamilton AFB,(60-65) 78th FTR Wing,83rd and 84th FIs`s, 28th AD, also Kingsley Field OR(68) 322nd FIS 25AD. I found that your AD maps by years to be very helpful. Great site!! Take care Dick Vedas

07/23/2003 00:00:00

Name: Arwin Smith (Smitty)
Email: awsmith AT

Served in 754th radar sq. Port Austin from 1962 to 1965. Just found this site.If anyone has any info. please e-mail.Is radar or anything left on the hill? Would be interesting to hear from anyone. Thanks Smitty

07/23/2003 00:00:00

Name: Cliff White
Email: cliff AT

679th Radar Sq., Jax, Fl. 1966-1968; SAGE Direction Center, Gunter AFB, Montgomery, Al. 1968-1969; 691th Radar Sq., Cross City, Fl. 1969-1970.

07/21/2003 00:00:00

Name: Ron Isaac
Email: ron58chy AT

Was stationed at the 692nd, Baudette, and 739th Wadena. Radar stations.

07/20/2003 00:00:00

Name: whesly
Email: whesly5287 AT

My pleasure. Thank you very much.

07/19/2003 00:00:00

Name: Thomas W. Oswalt
Email: t.oswalt2 AT

Was one of the first radar maintenance personnel assigned to the 684th ACW on Mt. Lemmon, AZ. My interest was renewed when the recent Mt. Lemmon fire was on TV. I was stationed on Mt. Lemmon from `56-`58.

07/19/2003 00:00:00

Name: Johanna Arnbjornsdottir
Email: jva_65 AT

Hey there, I worked on the base in Hofn Iceland, and I just moved to the USA and I enjoy surfing on this site. I would love to get some conection to those that remember me,I worked there 86-89 and I loved every day there:-)

07/15/2003 00:00:00

Name: Darlene
Email: darsm AT

Hello, I enjoyed this site very much. Especially the info on Condon & McChord Air Force Bases. My dad died in Vietnam 9/7/65, he was in radar, his name is CMSgt Earl Willoughby. If anyone out there remembers him, please e-mail me. I was only 11 when he died and I am looking for vets that knew him. Thank you

07/13/2003 00:00:00

Name: Jim Petitt
Email: gympet AT

At Christmas in the mid 60`s we placed flourescent bulbs around the FPS27 radome to spell `NOEL`. As the search antenna turned we all know what happened.

07/11/2003 00:00:00

Name: MKStaton
Email: michael_staton AT

We would aim our HF at the Wascom (848th AC&WSq, Wallace AS PI)during bingo nights. It drove the club PA system and commander batty.

07/09/2003 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: Historian AT

This message is for Ray O. Charles who signed the site roster for the Laredo gap-filler annex. Ray, if you read this, please respond. The Laredo (TX) GFA is one of the few remaining radar sites for which we have no information on its precise location. We are hoping you can recall exactly where the radar site was located. If so, please let us know. If anyone else out there knows where the Laredo GFA site was, also please respond. Thank you very much in advance! -- Tom

07/07/2003 00:00:00

Name: Bob Vincent
Email: Vincentagcat AT

While at Mt,Santa Rosa,852nd,Guam,`59-`60,we would get calls from SAC alert forces on the flight line asking us to rotate our height finder antenna away from them. We were lighting up the flourescent fixtures on their quarters

07/06/2003 00:00:00

Name: Edward Phillips
Email: phillipse AT

Great to see all the attention paid to those great remote radar sites. First was 750th ACW, then 775th, 865th, Spain, Opheim, Havre, Port Austen, Benton, Hawaii, McClennan and the retirement. Wish I could find more of the guys I was atationed far I see one name from the guest book.

07/06/2003 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT

`What`s New:` 07/02/2003 - Added documents about radar interfering with TV at Selfridge ANGB, Mich. The source of the mysterious interference was likely the FPS-35`s search radar`s reputed five megawatts of power. (The one megawatt FPS-26A heighfinder was presumably blameless, and would not typically have been rotating every 12.5 seconds.) It was said that the 35 beam would induce the (then) new automobile air bags to deploy unexpectedly (!) until GM engineers fixed that. (Selfridge was not far from Detroit.) For those of us who resided in the barrackes, the interference was more a constant backround noise on stereos (tuned to radio or simply playing recors), or an every 12.5 second distortion of the television picture. After a while one became accustomed, and it was striking when the radar was shut down for some reason. I think a couple of storms off Lake St. Clair resulted in `freewheeling` the huge antenna. To this day now and then when I hear the familiar, usually high-pitched `zap` on the car radio, I know there`s radar around somewhere. Other stories of radar interference out there?

07/06/2003 00:00:00

Name: David E. Casteel
Email: d-casteel2 AT

Ed Phillips, Mt. Hebo AFS also had an interference problem with its radars, especially after the AN/FPS-24 was installed. The Operations Area was at a lower elevation than the top of `the Hill`, which made the situation even worse than usual for such sites. The -24 used VHF frequencies that overlapped those of TV channel 13, and the city of Tillamook, OR had a translator-repeater facility for channel 13 located at the summit of Mt. Hebo to provide service to that municipality 12 miles to the north. This was a serious enough problem that the radar was restricted from using its lowest set of frequency slices unless a real military emergency (air attack) was under way. A possibly apochraphal event that reported took place before I arrived there was one time a news photographer was starting down into the Operations Area from the guard shack when one of the height finder radars happened to be slewed in his direction and swept over him, igniting all 50 of the flashbulbs in his pockets! He reputedly received very serious burns as a result.

07/06/2003 00:00:00

Name: David E. Casteel
Email: d-casteel2 AT

Sorry, guys, I meant to address my response to Gary Jacobs.

07/06/2003 00:00:00

Name: Rob Rousson
Email: pmsnarobr AT

I served at Port Austin, MI (754th RADS from 1977 to 1980.

07/03/2003 00:00:00

Name: Jeff States
Email: psu68 AT

Happy Fourth of July Vets !!!

07/03/2003 00:00:00

Name: Dick Roue
Email: droue AT

Veterans of the 903d at Gettysburg SD. We`re planning a fiftieth anniversary reunion of the 903d at Gettysburg for late June of 2005 (No concrete date set yet) The site opened in 1955, so 2005 will mark the 50th of the opening. I`ve compiled a list of about 250 good names and addresses, but I need a lot more. I`ve e-mailed everyone who is signed in on the site roster, but some of you must have changed e-mail addresses, because a number of the messages have been returned as undeliverable. If you haven`t heard from me, e-mail me at or write me at 815 East First Street - Fosston, MN 56542. I`ll need your current mailing address and phone number, so as plans are finalized, I can send you registration info, agenda, etc. I`m hoping to put together at least 500 good addresses, which will still be only about half or less of the men who went through Gettysburg in the 13 years the site was operating. Then, if half of them show up for the reunion, we`ll have a pretty good showing. Maybe we can do even better than that, but I need your help. Forward any info you have - even if you don`t have addresses, give me names, and any other info - what state they were from, etc... It`s a lot of work, but it`s a lot of fun - give me some help. Thanks - Dick Roue.

07/03/2003 00:00:00

Name: Carl Wenberg
Email: zoombag AT comcast,net

Looking for some of the WAFS that worked in ops at the 661st AC&W SQ. Selfridge 1958