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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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01/31/2010 00:00:00

Name: Victor W. Divin`
Email: bigtexas30 AT

Greetings All. Stumbling upon this website triggers many fond
memories of serving with the 775th AC&W Squadron, Cambria, Ca
from 1952 thru 1955.
Our C.O. was Maj Pagler and 1st sgt was Sgt Cover. Would welcome
a chance to renew old acquaintences......

01/30/2010 00:00:00

Name: Fred Boutin
Email: fboutin2 AT

SECOND ANNUAL POT LUCK AIR FORCE REUNION BREAKFAST JUNE 19 on a Saturday same place (ARSBC Yacht club) same time (locals and cooks from 8:00 on) except I capped it at 2:00 PM. No one is going to throw us out at two but I don't want anyone showing up at three wondering where breakfast is. Bill Elliot up in freezing Vermont volunteered last year to keep track of who will attend and roughly what they were bringing Little did he know it was a lifetime position. If we are gentlemen who knows maybe the bar upstairs will be open after. It seemed to work out pretty well last time with the exception of too much food. It didn't go to waste as it went into the freezer for the yacht clubs next pot luck but we did over do it a bit.
This is a cook it yourself, do it yourself, bring what you like for breakfast. Hopefully whoever brought the griddles and tableware will do so again. Bring your photos and memories with you even if we saw them last time we've all forgot them and want to see them again. I have a fellow who can get us plain Air Force caps for $3.00 so let me know and I will order them and you can pay me at the meeting. The boat club site The Coast guard Aux site

To remind you of last years

We are hoping for a few more guests to come this year possibly including a VA nurse to compliment my wife Anne the AF medic. Wives, girl friends, or others are all welcome to attend with you especially if they can cook.

Fred Boutin A1c
Lackland Sept 59 to dec 59
Keesler Dec 59 to Dec 60
Lockport AFS Jan 61 to Jun 62
Saglek AFS Jun 62 to Jun 63
Tech Rep H.L.Yoh 728th AC&W Shaw AFB and Pope Jul 63 to Jul64",

01/30/2010 00:00:00

Name: William Terrell
Email: montenaterrell AT

I was at Keesler AFB Nov.1956-Jan. 1957
779th AC&W Opheim Mont Jan. 57-Nov. 58
786th AC&W Minot N.D. Nov. 58-Sep. 60

Does anybody know someone who served at those sites during that time?
I was a radar operator.

01/29/2010 00:00:00

Name: Ray Blake
Email: rdblakeatdelau AT

Hi Tom and Gene,

Discovered your museum several years ago, all I can say is thank you. I was a AC&W radar repairmen from 1968 thru 1972. First year at Keesler,1969-1971 at 754th Radar Squadron (FPS-24), Port Austin,Mi, last year 1971-1972at 709th Radar Squadron(FPS-6), Fort Yukon, Alaska. Because of your site I was able to contact one of my old roommates.
How do I contact you about posting pictures. The contact addresses for both of you seem to be incorrect!

Thank You,
Ray Blake
Grand Ledge,Mi

01/29/2010 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT

Ray Blake (and everyone else): When you use our respective e-mail addresses, simply replace the _AT_ with @. It's a anti-spam feature.

Photos already in digital form should be e-mailed to Gene. Photos in hardcopy form (needing scanning) should be mailed to me. If the latter, let me know, and I'll provide my address by e-mail. Thank you.

01/29/2010 00:00:00

Name: Oliver J Dilworth
Email: ojdilworth AT

I served on Cape Lisburne, from August 1961/Aug 1962. I was a Construction Equipment Repairman; Operated and maintained all of the site's heavy Equipment, from the beginning of snowfall until it ended, especially the runway. Had to keep it open for emergency landings. Since, I lost all of my Souvenirs in a house fire. Is there a source for a Cape Lisburne Patch or the Blue Cap with the Red letters "LIZ"?

In August 1962, after spending a year in isolation, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean (The Chukchi Sea)in Northern Alaska, I waited for a plane for two days, because the ceiling was too low for a C-119 Flying Boxcar. Eventually, Wien Airlines sent a small plane for us. I can only assume the plane was too small and vastly overloaded, because it used the entire length of the runway in order to lift off. Upon lift-off, the pilot had to bank out over the ice cold Sea, and when we climbed to approximately 3,000 feet, the plane suddenly dropped 1,000 feet. A recipe for disaster!!! Of course, I thought I was a goner. It wasn't pretty, but we made it.

Oliver J Dilworth, Ed.S

01/29/2010 00:00:00

Email: jimschurman AT

I was station at the 777 AC&W SQ. FROM OCT 51 TO SEPT. 1953...WORK IN THE ORDERLY ROOM.

01/28/2010 00:00:00

Name: Robert Terrell
Email: sonjaandbob AT

I was stationed at the Bartlesville 796th AC&W station from about October 1956 to about August 1957. I was a brand new radar operator.

01/27/2010 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Zettler
Email: zettlerj AT

Not so much of Radomes interest, but of Air Force interest concerning the accuracy of cable TV concerning the Air Force, and the military in general. On the National Geographic channel, who you would think would research on their accuracy. Yhe show was on the crash of JAL flight 123.
Making a long story short they stated That Yakato AB, Meaning Yakota AB, Offered assistance. Then showing An Air Force radar operator wearing fatigues with Army stripes which were on upside down. Maybe we should take all of these with more than a grain of salt.
Whew there I've vented.

01/27/2010 00:00:00

Name: Bill Diller
Email: carbill55 AT

I was the Exec Officer and Personnel Officer among about 35 other Jobs from May, 1957 to December, 1959. We loved it there. Our group was the first to live at Glasgow Air Force Base (now St. Marie) and also the first to live at the Opheim Station housing moving in about January, 1959. Our personal GAFB house was still standing in 2004 with garbage cans in the living room but the housing at OAFS is long gone as is the base itself. I visited there in 1998 when the base was still all there but it was gone on my return visit in 2004.

01/26/2010 00:00:00

Name: Harland Schultz
Email: joseph101 AT

Thanks Jim for the info. There is still a bubble so has the radar been removed or did they just pull the plug?

01/26/2010 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT

Re the AN/FPS-117 long-range radar at Galena, AK: In 1994, the radar was sent to Kokee AFS, HI, where it still operates today.

01/26/2010 00:00:00

Name: Jim Eyles
Email: jime AT

Harland, the radar (AN/FPS-117) which was installed at Galena Airport was relocated to Hawaii. The FPS-117 located at Pt Lay DEW Station was subsequently relocated to Puerto Rico. Hope this information is helpful.

01/26/2010 00:00:00

Name: Paul A.Doty
Email: pdoty AT

i was @ mcclellen from 10/62-12/63 in the 552 aewc wing and 963rd aew sqdr all info i see says nothing of either one??????

01/25/2010 00:00:00

Name: Jerry Hirtzer
Email: jhirtzer AT

Postal clerk, Cape Romanzof, AK 1960

01/25/2010 00:00:00

Name: frank garrick
Email: frankgarrick AT

I was stationed at the borfink soc from 1965 and 1966 .GREAT YEARS 619 tcs Birkenfeld Germany

01/25/2010 00:00:00

Name: Adelino Morte
Email: afvs.morte AT

I would like to restablish contact with Niels Ellehammer Hansen from the Royal Danish Air Force. Last contact was in August 1958 from Keesler U.S.Air Force Base where he was on training. We met a few months earlyer in Italy on training for the radar AN/FPS 8, at this time he was 1st seargent, now he must be on his early 70's. I've tryed many ways to get his contact but allways without results. If any one can help I would be very gratefull Adelino Morte

01/23/2010 00:00:00

Name: Harland Schultz
Email: joseph101 AT

Just curious. How are they heating the wave guide rotating joint now. To me it looks like Tatalina still uses heat lamps but Galena and Fort Yukon don't. There are web cams aimed at all three sights. The camera for Tatalina is located at McGrath. At night the radome seems to be lit but both Galena and Fort Yukons domes aren't lit.

01/23/2010 00:00:00

Name: Jim Eyles
Email: jime AT

Harland, let's just say radar has progressed a lot. There is no radar installed at Galena any longer.

01/23/2010 00:00:00

Name: Jim Eyles
Email: jime AT

Harland, let's just say radar has progressed a lot. There is no radar installed at Galena any longer.

01/22/2010 00:00:00

Name: Jack Kerr
Email: jackr_ker AT

The book and then the Ernie Kovacs movie "Wake Me When It's Over" was based around a USAF Radar Site. Were there any other books or movies that don't border on pure science fiction?

01/20/2010 00:00:00

Name: patrick adami
Email: padami AT

Air defender from '81-'01

01/19/2010 00:00:00

Name: W C Chilton
Email: wcandnelma AT

The 799th Joelton AFS is going to be a city park. Not sure when this will happen but been approved.

01/19/2010 00:00:00

Name: Joe Marino
Email: lastflightout AT

Couldn't find much on the 648th AC&W. Was stationed there from 1954-57 in Radar maintenance. Have they all passed to the great beyond???

01/18/2010 00:00:00

Email: j4choc5051 AT

I was an Army Radio Operator at "A" Battery of the 93rd Anti Aircraft Artillery Batallion Radar Site just outside Ladd Air Force Base, Alaska,from July 1953 to October 1954. I am from California.

01/18/2010 00:00:00

Name: Ron Henderson
Email: shirahn AT

Anyone who served on TT#4 1960/1961?

01/18/2010 00:00:00

Name: Tom Friedmann
Email: cwe4lan AT

I was stationed at 784th Snow Mountain Ky (Ft. Knox) from 1966 to late 1967 then Indian Mountain 708th Alaska remote early warning site 1967 to late 1968.

01/17/2010 00:00:00

Name: Carl Thomas
Email: carlp.thomas1948 AT

I was station at 778th Radar Sq. Havre, Montanta
Sept. 1968 to Sept. 1970

01/17/2010 00:00:00

Name: John A. Kemp
Email: johnkemp1 AT

Served in USAF from 1960 to 1964; after receiving training (AFSC 30352) at Keesler AFB was stationed in Greenland ("P" Mountain, 911 AC&W) and Homestead, FL (644 Radar Squadron, SAGE) as a radar maintenance electronics technician. Following discharge, accepted position with RCA and spent 4 years in Alaska at the Clear, AK BMEWS site.

01/17/2010 00:00:00

Name: William (Bill) Hovik
Email: whovik AT

Served as a Radar technician Cape Newingham Nov.1953-April 1954 and Cape Romanzof April 1954-Nov 1954. also Eglin and Keesler 1951-53

01/16/2010 00:00:00

Name: Walter LeCroy
Email: Walter AT

Memories from the 629th AC&W Squadron.

I was assigned to the 629th AC&W Squadron at Campoformio, near Udine from 1954 to 1957 when it deactivated. We went overseas as a unit from Alexandria AFB, LA in November 1954. We drove our own trucks and equipment across the Apenine Mountains where it raied most of the way and arrived at our temporary headquarters at Aviano. In Aviano we had to sleep in Italian Army barracks at Aviano with wood-burnig stoves. The wood was stacked outside behind the baracks and was always wet from the constant rain. It smoked greatly when being burned and the stove pipes were probably not properly vented. We sat around with tears in out eyes trying to stay warm. The latrines were equipped with cleated ceramic slabs where we had to squat, and the water came from a tank on high overead to the "French Bombsite."

In a couple of weeks, the 629th moved out to Udine where they had re-built an large old German Luftwaffe barracks with three floors. There were about 20 men to a "bay" and the lights were so dim that we could not read in the bays without eyestrain. Finally, someone figured out that the old light bulbs were 220 volt, and when we replaced them with 110 volt bulbs it fixed the problem. I was one of the trainers who helped train Italian controllers and Italian AC&W operators who supposedly took over the entire operation when we deactivated.

01/15/2010 00:00:00

Name: Harvey Tootoosis
Email: hhtootoo AT

I served in the RCAF and I was stationed and served in the Pinetree Line for 5 years as a Radar and Communication Tech.


01/15/2010 00:00:00

Name: Leon C Battle Jr
Email: wer1battle AT

I was once a airman at the 762nd Radar Sq. North Truro. Interested finding some of my fellow airman who were in attendance as well as possibly some of the officers and Commanders. How can you help??

01/11/2010 00:00:00

Name: Bobbie R Bass
Email: bobray538 AT

Merland Clark, would you e mail me and let me know if you were in the 3388th Student Squadron in late 1956. I tried your E mails but would not go.

01/10/2010 00:00:00

Name: Terry Thomas
Email: terryt6l AT

Tom please start using my email address and please send me yours as I don't want to keep putting a lot of my info out on the internet for all to see.

01/09/2010 00:00:00

Name: John Michael Coggins
Email: johnnycog1 AT

I was stationed as an ACW operator in King Salmon AK in 1970.

01/09/2010 00:00:00

Name: Howard W Jeffrey
Email: jeff3rd AT

Stationed at Mt Hebo AFS, OR with the 689th, '65-'66 and again '73-'74. Loved the place and surrounding area. Moved back to Tillamook after retiring.

01/08/2010 00:00:00

Name: leo j. milligan
Email: ljmsr22 AT

Trying to find an old friend from Saratoga Springs, AFS in the late 50s. I know he married a local girl from Saratoga and thought I could find him through her family. Need someone to check the Marriage registry for her maiden name. Then I could call them and find if he is alive and contact him. His name is Duane Joslyn, and he married a girl name Sandy in 1959-60. Is there anyone out there from the area who can help. I called the registrar and they wont do business over the phone. thanx leo

01/08/2010 00:00:00

Name: Douglas Searles
Email: douglassearles AT

Hi, I see someone I know here at least. USAF 1,960 - 1,964. Lackland - Keesler (heavy ground radar 30352) - Minot AFS 786th AC&W - NOT Minot AFB which is north of Minot, Minot AFS is/was about 15 miles south of town. I went on to work for Bendix (FPS-3, FPS-20 - FPS 60 series mostly overseas, great career.

01/07/2010 00:00:00

Name: wally davis
Email: wdavis1954 AT

There appears to be something wrong with the Tyndall 3265 TTS site roster, can you fix it?


01/07/2010 00:00:00

Name: Dick Konizeski
Email: rrkonizeski AT

Opheim, Montana and the 779th AC&W Squadron
For any of you old 779th and Opheim AFS Members: Opheim, Montana has a Facebook page. I'll bet you'll recognize many of the entries on the webpage.
It's address is: You can also Google Opheim, Montana to find it.
There's also mention of the fact that Opheim will be 100 years old in 2011, perhaps a good year for many who are interested to return to see the town and what little remains of the old site - mainly GATR. I imagine more will be mentioned on the website regarding any celebrations to take place.
- - Dick - -

01/06/2010 00:00:00

Name: Thomas D. Reed
Email: tcreed69 AT

Was at 612th Radar Sq. Ajo, Arizona from 1966 to 1968. Transferred to 747th Radar Sq. Ellington AFB, Houston, TX till it was closed in 1969. Was transferred to Malstrom AFB, Great Falls, Montana. Left service 14 Jul 1970.

01/06/2010 00:00:00

Name: Dan Pitt
Email: hlywdpitt475 AT

636 TCF, Bremerhaven Germany 78-80, 2044th Comm Group, Pentagon Admin,Washington DC, 80-81.. Great Times

01/06/2010 00:00:00

Name: Jonathon Doles
Email: jondoles AT

Served at 20th NORAD HQ Fort Lee Air Force Station/20th Air Defense Squadron, VA from 1978 to 1982

Thanks for your efforts,

01/05/2010 00:00:00

Name: Merland Clark
Email: mc4956 AT

Hi Woody!
Am past alum of 765 ACW, Charleston ME and 664 ACW, Bellfontaine OH
Live about 6 miles from old CHarleston which is now a correction facility for state of ME
Went to Keesler for 303x2 - ground radar repair in 1956 which consisted of the FPS 3 and FPS 6 as well as the UPX 6

01/05/2010 00:00:00

Name: Michael Decker, Maj, USAF
Email: mdecker0 AT

I have found most of the photos of the 784th Radar Squadron, Snow Mountain AFS and I will get them to you soon. Do you also need anyphotos of BMEWS, Thule AB Greenland from 1968/1969? I also have photos for Thule AB and "Project Crested Ice."

01/04/2010 00:00:00

Name: Jim Arbanas
Email: jrarbanas2 AT

An inmate of the 708th ACW Utopia Creek AK, (Indian Mountain AFS) 1955-1956. I was Tinhorn 56. Ah, the good old days. Anybody else defrosted yet? Later at the 750th ACW at Boron CA, Lovely desert views, Kinda near Edwards AFB so we saw some secret stuff sometimes. The place was later turned into a Calif. minimum prison, Hmm. It's still standing on 395 on the way to the Owens Valley and Mamouth skiing.

01/04/2010 00:00:00

Name: Raymond Scott
Email: raymond.sco2t AT

I have been stationed at Minot AFB, ND for the past ten years. I have driven past "the old radar base," south of Minot many times and couldn't help but wonder about the place. I was very pleased to stumble upon this site while researching ND Ghost Towns and heard about an abandoned Air Force installation up near Fortuna, ND. Thanks for maintaining this wonderful resource of a historical time in our nation's history.

TSgt Raymond Scott

01/01/2010 00:00:00

Name: Willie Campbell
Email: wec2004 AT

Happy New year to each and every member and family members .May GOD Bless and keep you in his keeping care.----Willie Campbell++Mobile Alabama

01/01/2010 00:00:00

Name: Lee Dawson
Email: ldawsonjr AT

I was stationed at the 790th AC&W at Kirksville Mo. 1955-56
916th AC&W Beausejour Manitoba Canada 56-57
792nd AC&W North Charleston S C 57-58
Anyone here in my squadrons at the same time?