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2001

04/30/2001 00:00:00

Name: DON TIMMONS, A/2C
Email: 82620 C. ST. HERMISTON, OR 97838 541-567-4069 AT

I WAS STATIONED AT POINT ARENA AFS 10/63 TO 10/64. i WAS ONE OF TWO MEDICS. I WAS THERE DURING THE CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS AND THE DEATH OF JFK. I RODE A HONDA 250 MOTORCYCLE AND USUALLY PARKED IT IN BACK OF THE MOTOR POOL. THE CIMMANDER DIDN`T LIKE CYCLE RIDERS MUCH, I BELIEVE HIS NAME WAS STANTON, SO I HAD TO SNEAK ON AND OFF THE BASE. I HAVE NO PICTURES OF THE SITE, BUT I DO REMEMBER T/SGT VIVIAN SMITH, T/SGT(MEDIC), AIRMEN DAVID HANSEN(C00K), DON R. BOZARTH, AND AN AIRMAN MASTRELLI. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GET AN EXTRA PART IN THE MOVIE THEY MADE THEN CALLED `ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS` I WAS AN INDIAN WHO`S JOB IT WAS RO GET KILLED. I REMEMBER A SGT. CASTRO HAD A SPEAKING PART IN THE MOVIE. I HAVE RETURNED TWICE TO VISIT THE BASE AND SAW THE OLD ORANGE AND WHITE RADAR SCREEN BRING USED AS A BACKSTOP FOR THE BASEBALL DIAMOND. LATER ON I VISITED THE SITE AFTER IT HAD BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE CIVILIAN TYPES. I HAVE LOTS OF GOOD MEMORIES OF MY YEAR THERE. IT WAS A VAST IMPROVEMENT OVER MY PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT ON SHEMYA AFS, ALASKA.


04/29/2001 00:00:00

Name: Bert Biron
Email: bertbiron AT hotmail.com

Stationed at 640th AC&W in Stephenville Nfld. 1957-1959


04/29/2001 00:00:00

Name: Jack Kerr
Email: jrkerr AT qwest.net

Any one interested in 551st AEW&C, 552nd AEW&C, or 553rd RECON joint reunion in June feel free to contact me I am publicity chairman. You may all so go to web site www.dean-boys.com. See you there.


04/29/2001 00:00:00

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

Looking for SSgt James R. Morin, stationed at 655 Radar Sq, Watertown, NY in the mid 70`s....


04/28/2001 00:00:00

Name: Larry Houck
Email: www.houckfamily AT hotmail.com

I glad to see that this is still here and is being used I don`t have time to do much searching today but will get back. My computer has been out of service for a while I`m back on line now thank again


04/27/2001 00:00:00

Name: Fred Bridger
Email: fwbridger AT hotmail.com

Interesting site. I sat the seat in manual and semi-automated sites as well as airborne(!) units, but best times and memories are from site where I cut my controller`s teeth under Jim Startin`s guidance: King Cole Control. bridger


04/26/2001 00:00:00

Name: Larry Ballard
Email: ballardl AT ncr.disa.mil

69-72, 648th Benton AFS. I think I have some good memories from Benton AFS and the Friendly Tavern down in Benton. A lot of those times are clouded due to the amount of beer consumed at the club or in the local bars. Many close friendships were established back then, but it was fleeting. Those were fast times. I met my wife of 30 years while stationed there and will always have thanks to the Air Force for putting me where I could meet her.


04/25/2001 00:00:00

Name: Robert Jordan
Email: rjordan AT cableone.net

My website has been updated to show many pictures of those who were at Monkey Mtn SVN 71-72, along with a couple of pics from Dry Hill AB (Watertown NY). Check out: http://www.cableone.net/n5rkn/ and look for the links towards the bottom half of the page. Help ID a few of those stationed there! Robert


04/24/2001 00:00:00

Name: Don Higgins
Email: dhiggins70 AT hotmail.com

After joining Radomes, Inc. a couple of months ago, I`ve been surfing through all the wonderful information about AC/W`s. I was stationed at the 754th, 719th and the 3555th Air Trng at Perrin AFB. I realized I was not finding many classmates from Keesler (51) is that I went to school for Airborne Radar and was transferred to Ground Radar at Selfridge AFB. How do I find Airmen that were Keesler graduates in the Airborne Division? Thanks in advance.


04/21/2001 00:00:00

Name: Carl Wenberg
Email: zoombag AT mediaone.net

Looking for folks who were at AC&W SQ, . in Iceland 1950 to present reunion being planned, all sites have a growing list, all AFSCs (even officers) contact Carl Wenberg (H-2Langanese 58-59) 33 Centerboard Ln. So. Yarmouth, Ma. 02664


04/20/2001 00:00:00

Name: Chuck Sunder
Email: chsun1 AT pclink.com

Haven`t seen this website for over a year...always fun to check it out. I was stationed at the 719th AC&W in Sparrevohn, Alaska from 01/55 to 01/56. I worked in the Comm Center `downstairs`. Anyone there during that period? I would like to hear from you.


04/20/2001 00:00:00

Name: Dick Konizeski
Email: KonizeskiRR AT kpt.nuwc.navy.mil

Calling RICHARD E. COLLINS, once stationed TDY at CONTINENTAL DIVIDE in the late 50s, Rich, PLEASE GIVE ME A HOOT! Your email address must have changed, as I can`t reach you. We corresponded several times about the location of Continental Divide AFS. Dick Konizeski


04/20/2001 00:00:00

Name: Derry Bullock
Email: LMB500 AT aol.com

Great Site! Anyone who recognizes the name, gimme a shout (276X0 and 1C5X0 for 21 years, 1979-2000)


04/20/2001 00:00:00

Name: Frank Chamberlain
Email: chbar75041 AT prodigy.net

Would like to look at 602 and 603 AC&W as they were during Berlin Airlift. I served with the 602nd at Darmstat,Danenfels (Det 1)and Berkinfeld and also with the 603rd at Hof-all in Germany..Thanks Frank.


04/19/2001 00:00:00

Name: DAVID A. ROSARIO
Email: david_rosario25 AT hotline.com

Gentlemen. In 1965 I was station in Nevada- 865th radar Station Mt. Charleston , Nevada. I would like to know if that Radar still exist, Im planning a trip to Las Vegas and I would like to visit that site. It was located about 200 miles from vegas-


04/18/2001 00:00:00

Name: Howard Hoge
Email: Howard.Hoge AT gsfc.nasa.gov

During the peroid between 1954-1958 I was employed by Bendix and worked at a number of AC$W locations. In the early days i painted Radomes and then was a crew cheif for the installation of FPS-20 radars at Dauphin Island AL. and Charleston SC. At Charleston, this radar was the last one installed for the first Eastern Airlines intial flights of the 707 from New York to Miami FL. The FAA required full radar coverage of these early flights.


04/18/2001 00:00:00

Name: Jery Zettler
Email: zettlerj AT speakeasy.org

I do beleve that Garret Anglin hit the nail on the head. We had the best Choe in the A.F. Beleave me the food we had made thos cold nights bearable. I remembe having fresh live lobster at Charleston AFS Me and steaks charcoal grilled to order at Caswell AFS ME. they kept us going. We had it good and we had it Bad but the memories are great Jerry Zettler


04/17/2001 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT qwest.net

Last night(April 16) I watched Engineering Disasters III on the History Channel. It concerned the loss of Texas Tower #4 and was very interesting and informative. The History Channel usually has re-runs of its programs so if you missed it last night, it probably will be shown again at some future date. One thing about the program disturbed me. They showed a photo of the one body recoverd from the disaster. It was a frontal view and you could see the face of the victim as he was being dragged from the sea. I personally thought that was in very poor taste. I`m sure survivors of that tragedy viewed the program and seeing something like that could only bring back unpleasant memories. Did anyone else see the program? What did you think about that particular scene? I believe the History Channel should edit that scene out for any future broadcasts of the program. I believe those men who sacrificed their lives when TT#4 went down deserve better. If you feel as I do, please e-mail tthe History Channel and let them know your views. John Tianen


04/17/2001 00:00:00

Name: M. J. Grubb
Email: phs52mjg AT cstone.net

In Reference to, 04/17/2001 From: John Tianen Email: jtianen@qwest.net This may help with the scheduling of Engineering Disasters III on the History Channel. Copy and Paste http://www.historychannel.com/perl/tv/tvlistings.pl?channel=hist&get=today


04/16/2001 00:00:00

Name: Garret Anglin
Email: mozark AT webound.com

Preserving the memory is right, millions of americans will never know what we did. Yet they slept and went about their daily affairs taking for granted the fact that we were `out there.` After Keesler AFB, Wolf Hall, I was assigned to the 3625th TTS, Weapons Controller School, Tyndall AFB, Fl. 1968-1969 was the year I finally got to work with a true radar ops site at the 714th ACW Sq, Cold Bay, AK. We were busy during that year with the Soviet Ferret missions constantly working up the south coast of the Aleutians. A year on the rock was seemingly a lifetime, but honestly I found the duty challenging and would not have enjoyed it near as much had it not been for the chief cook. Seems like a small thing, but that guy was the most important man on the site.


04/16/2001 00:00:00

Name: Garret Anglin
Email: mozark AT webound.com

I need to add an inquiry to my previous note on this date. Does anyone out there have a squadron patch for the main 714th ACW Sq? I am interested in acquiring one, as they were not available to us at Cold Bay 68-69.


04/15/2001 00:00:00

Name: Ron Silvia
Email: janronct AT bellsouth.net

I think I signed on sometime ago but now have a new E-Mail so will do so again. Served a year at Shaw AFB, S.C. with the 728 AC&W Sq. I believe it is now called the 728 TCS. It was a mobil radar squadron. We operated out of radio and radar vans and what was called B2 shelters. I was at Shaw from August 1956 to July 1957. AFSC was radio operator.


04/14/2001 00:00:00

Name: Luther (Lou) Cowherd CWO Ret
Email: louc AT apex.net

Veteran of Sig.Aircraft Warning (SAW) units in WW-II and later. Used SCR-602 and later TPS/1-D, tent enclosed ground transportable light early warning. Also MEW as supported by MIT in Battle of Bulge.Would welcome contact by any familiar with these equipments.


04/13/2001 00:00:00

Name: Don Cantrell
Email: donc AT amplex.com

Remember on a couple of occasions while at Monkey Mtn RVN, the Navy guys from Yankee sta giving us a bubble check. Quite unnerving if you were not expecting it. Great site. Keep up the good work.


04/13/2001 00:00:00

Name: Jim Mills
Email: Jim.mills AT bellsouth.com

While stationed in the 792nd at North Charleston as an AC&W repairman, I had the opportunity in 1973 to tour the combat control center at Fort Lee. I have a vivid recollection of the FSQ-7 computer, with its first-generation vacuum tube electronics. I have been teaching data communications courses at a technical college for the past 13 years, and my students are always amazed to hear about the gigantic size of the Q-7 and its primitive capabilities, by today`s standards. Data processing technology has truly come a long way. Yet, it doesn`t seem all that long ago, somehow. Time does fly, doesn`t it? The website is still first-class. Thanks.


04/13/2001 00:00:00

Name: Greg Martin
Email: greg.martin AT dfas.mil

Enjoyed the visit!Came from Kincheloe AFB after it closed to plow snow at the site as a temporary civilian overhire. Worked one winter there before it closed and enjoyed the people and the job. Great pictures of before and after!


04/13/2001 00:00:00

Name: Joe Murrell
Email: murrll AT aol.com

I toured the Control Center for the 24th Air Division. This Center was in Great Falls MT. There was no heat for the building as the heat exchanger for all of the tubes kept the building warm and it gets cold in Montana.


04/12/2001 00:00:00

Name: Bill Meskill
Email: meskillb AT abacustc.com

Bubble checks were great, but while stationed at North Turo MA I remember sitting on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and watching the F-101`s and later the F-106`s runnifn low lever sternss and beams. The airspace (W105) was just off the coast and if you set up the target to run up and down the coast, and the fighters to attack from the ocean side you stayed in radar coverage and could watch the entire intercept pattern. Really looked great with a cold cooler of adult beverages and a blanket. I think it was the first time that a lot of folks really realized what the whole system was there to do. Its great to see all the heros of the cold war reporting in.


04/12/2001 00:00:00

Name: Miles Martin
Email: mmartin AT tecmasters.com

You guys and bubble checks... Yes, it did make you feel more like being a part of the AF. While at Murphy Dome in 76. The Thunderbirds practiced at Murphy for the next day`s show at Eielison. They lined up on the road coming up the hill like it was the runway. That road was below the site. We watched the full show from the top side. Best airshow I ever saw.


04/12/2001 00:00:00

Name: Carl Wenberg
Email: zoombag AT mediaone.net

F89s checking out H2 langanese in Iceland Great for morale, if I had a flight would contact our radio station and let site know how far out etc. guys would be ready outside with cameras, also remember checks in Germany F86s , sad story of a check in Ger. around 55-56 one of controllers getting time, gave a check inverted pulled back on stick(T33) put himself all over Mtn. guys at 603rd AC&W at Langerkoph might remember


04/11/2001 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT qwest.net

Boy, do I remember `bubble checks`. Once while on duty in the FPS-20 tower in Rockville, Iceland an F-102 from Keflavik Airport buzzed our radome unannounced (at least unannounced to me). It scared the s**t out of me. On other occasions we would watch them approach from the sea and they would actually be below the towers. Then they would pull up and go over or between the towers with the usual blast of noise. If you`ve been through a bubble check, you will never forget it.


04/11/2001 00:00:00

Name: Bob Fortmuller
Email: AF-ELEXNUT AT ATT.NET

Guys, I really enjoy reading the E-mails that the bubble check picture brings out. To those of us on the outskirts of civilization, which most AC&W sites were, they were our connection to the real world. I`ve have experienced all of the same things you have but I have to go you one better. You havn`t lived until a flight of P51s, (sometimes four) work your site over after a mid shift. Their loiter time was sometimes 30 minutes, but that was the 1956 era , in northern Minn(756th)and the birds were NG. We were mad for about 2 seconds after getting up, but we loved it. Those days are gone but none of us will forget them regardless of how bad the assignment was. Bob Fortmuller,USAF Ret


04/10/2001 00:00:00

Name: DAN
Email: sandtrout AT juno.com

Anyone remember coming off a midshift and just getting to sleep when a jet jockey does a close bubble-check, afterburners included and wakes you up immediately?!


04/10/2001 00:00:00

Name: Patti Tate Sayer
Email: Handicat AT aol.com

My father, Raymond A. Tate was stationed on the Texas Tower in 1956 and I am pleased to be able to find information about you guys. Thanks for putting up this web site.


04/10/2001 00:00:00

Name: Henry (Hank) Brand
Email: hankb16 AT worldnet.att.net

Dan Oh yeah! Havre, MT (778) & Murphy Dome, AK (744). With F-104, F-105, F-102, F-106. They would pop their afterburners as close as the could to the barracks. Wake-up and be destroyed for the day. At Murphy, it would be done while the blackout shades were down. Had opportunity to ride jump seat in T-33s while off-duty in Alaska. Could not make connection due to coming off Swings - 48 hours before resuming Mids. Had to be at Eileson 0500 - no chance to get down off hill in time or return for next duty shift (Mids). The T-33s would fly target for the F-102 Jockeys. Guys would take still and movie cameras on the T-33s. The appearance of a camera in the T-33 would instantly coerse the F-102 pilots to fly in eschelon (the Hams!). Upon landing, they would be waiting to try to get copies of the movies.


04/10/2001 00:00:00

Name: Woody Breedlove
Email: woodyb AT mint.net

Dan, I do remember the bubble checks! I was at Kume, Okinawa in 69 and 70. This is an Island 50 miles from the mainland, the most beautiful place on earth. The F-8s of the carriers the air force out of NAHA and Kadena were always doing bubble checks. When they flew down the hall after a mid shift, I would come out of bed, but I loved it. I have movies of several of them, I have one shot of an F-8 coming out of the valley straight at me, he was no more than 30 feet over my head when he passed. They are great movies. Its to bad we will never see this happen again, FAA would ground the entire squadron and jail the pilot if he did.


04/07/2001 00:00:00

Name: Tom Scanlan
Email: toms AT wbkp.com

Hello again. Just had a wonderful tour of Cavalier AFS, ND. We were fortunate enough to hookup with a great group of American Legion folks from nearby Langdon, NC, who happened to be scheduled for a tour at 1730. I had called the Commander, LtCol Ed Bergemann, asking if a retired AF`er and Radomes member might get a tour, and after a couple of minutes he suggested we join the group, scheduled to start the tour in about an hour and a half. While waiting my wife, Sue, and I had a most enjoyable conversation with some of the active duty guys in the lounge...it was just GREAT to see that pride of service again, in one of the last of the great 1970`s era radar sites left in the inventory. And speaking of great, it was equally rewarding to see all that 1970`s vintage power production equipment, travelling wave tube powered radar, HUGE computer, etc etc etc, still working, still serving!! Hats off to Ed Bergemann and his crew...great hosts, great community members, and operating one terrific site. You owe it to yourselves to drive by sometime...ND Hwy 5, about 30 miles or so west of Pembina, ND. Anyone out there ever served a tour there? It was once part of the Army`s Safeguard ABM site...remnants of which are also interesting to see just down the road south of Langdon at Nekoma. You might also want to check out the site on the Safeguard system... Would enjoy hearing from anyone stationed at either Cavalier or Nekoma.


04/07/2001 00:00:00

Name: Dennis E. Schehl
Email: schehld AT aol.com

Great site.thanks for the memories.762nd AC&W(SAGE)North Truro, Mass.1960-1962.Bendix TechRep 1962-1965 working out of the Eastern Mobile Depot Activity,Rome New York, which meant I was able to re-visit some of the same Gap Fillers I worked on in the AF. Spent a total of 36.5 years with Bendix.


04/07/2001 00:00:00

Name: Bob French
Email: kb0by AT madtel.net

NCOIC Radar Maint.@ 793rd AC&w Sqdn from about Jan, 1957 to about Jan. 1960. Joined USAF directly from USMC as S/Sgt 30372. Later 29ADIV HQ, 2nd.ADVON Don Muang{5th Tac/Com}, at 76?AC&W Sqdn. San Pedro Hill when discharged Aug.1962. Returned to USMCR then USMC. M/Sgt USMC Ret. 1975


04/04/2001 00:00:00

Name: Lane Johnson
Email: lane_johnson AT byu.edu

716th Radron Kalispell AFS, Montana 1967-1969 932nd AC&W Squadron Rockville, Iceland 1969-1970 `Ops` Anybody remember?


04/04/2001 00:00:00

Name: Jim Trowbridge
Email: jtrow AT juno.com

Mt. Tamalpais 1955, Saglek 1956, Gettysburg 1957. Anybody remember?


04/02/2001 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: GAJ7702 AT aol.co,

The guestbook is a frequent stop for new readers who may (or may not) know of the `Radar Museum CD-ROM!` It is comprised nearly the entire contents of the Online Radar Museum packed onto a CD-ROM. About the only things not included are the interactive pieces, such as the BBS, Site Rosters, etc. They`ve built a very user-friendly Windows software package which interfaces with a net browser. It`s all said to be highly intuitive and easy to use. Loads automatically when you insert the CD. System Requirements: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, etc.; CD-ROM drive; Internet browser ... Current limitations & considerations: Windows only. To learn more, go to the `BX` listing at the listing to the left. `Radomes` members get a nice discount, another reason (among many) to become a member.