Radomes Guestbook V3.0
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Prior months' guestbooks:
Name: Carl Wenberg
This months American Legion Mag.(Dec.07)great article "Fifty Fallen Stars" about the loss of EC121 Aircraft (551st AEW&C Wg.) Otis AFB MA. I was member of 552nd for a short period of time when a shooting war is going on it is easy to forget the loss during Cold War Missions
Name: Don Westphal
Great website! It spurred aged memories and has me searching these type websites for more information. I was stationed at the 756th Finland MN from late 65 -66, 30352 in FPS-27 and moved to 648th Benton AFS, PA early 67-Sept 68 working gap fillers at Ulysses and Joliett.
Name: Bob Kendig
I have found a source for Weapons Controller Badge license plates. At the present time I am only planning on the basic badge but I can get senior and master badges if there is enough interest. The price is not firm yet but should be about $20, maybe a little more, maybe a little less, It all depends on the number ordered. I know that I am getting mine one way or the other. If anyone else is interested, send me an email and I will keep you informed as I get this mission near completion.
Name: John Bandur
There is a 602nd AC&W Sq. beer stein on ebay now. http://collectibles.search.ebay.com/602_Germany_W0QQbsZSearchQQcatrefZC6QQcoactionZcompareQQcoentrypageZsearchQQcopagenumZ1QQfposZQ5AIPQ2fPostalQQfromZR10QQfsooZ2QQfsopZ2QQftrtZ1QQftrvZ1QQsabfmtsZ1QQsacatZ40042QQsadisZ200QQsaobfmtsZinsifQQsargnZQ2d1QQsaslcZ2QQsbrftogZ1QQsofocusZunknown I have one that I got earlier even though I was never stationed there. Was TDY working on a Tacan there in 1959...
Name: Tom Page
I'd like to thank Paul Ries for his 'Guestbook' entry (below) which helps provide some of the Army point of view for Cold War air defenses. As many of you know, the Air Force and the Army shared a number of radar sites in support of both missions -- aircraft control & warning by the Air Force, Nike missile defense system by the Army. Both fell under NORAD, and both were part of the SAGE system in many instances. For more information on this topic, check out our page at http://www.radomes.org/cgi-bin/museum/nikeinfo.cgi, or simply click on our ''Nike'' link on the left-side menu (scroll down). If anyone has additional information on this subject, we'd love to hear from you. We'd also like to receive photos of those joint-use radar sites from back in the day. Thanks! -- Tom
Name: carl wenberg
Happy Thanksgiving to all from where it all began (Cape Cod, Ma.) A story of the disappearence of Thanksgiving Tutkeys from chow hall at 902nd AC&W Sq Miles City, MT. circa 1961 the mess sgt. (NOT A LIKEABLE GUY) set out 6-8 24lb. precooked birds the night before it seems as though 2 of the birds were gone next morning culprits young troops who lived in town?? since it was a day troops could bring in familys for dinner, the sgt had it down to the once on what he needed, woke up mgr. of local market to scout out 2 more birds,could of at least set out the gravy too, LOL
Name: Paul A. Ries
Name: Dick Konizeski
A note of thanks for our website
Name: Gordon Stiles
Nice site. I need pictures of the 753rd RADRON, Sault Ste. Marie AFS, MI.
Name: Bill Wood
on the eastern pine tree (late 50's to late 60's. 926ACW Frobisher
Name: Tom Page
Hey, all you former Gap-Filler Radar technicians (including T-1 techs): We still are looking for vintage photos of, and first-hand stories for, the old gap-filler annexes. If you have any such photos and/or any good ''war stories'' for the gap-filler radar sites, please send those to us. This is one topic your on-line museum needs more displays for. We are also on the look-out for recent photos of the gap-filler facilities (we have some, but not others). So, at your convenience, please dig through your photo collection, and see what turns up. Also, please consider visiting local libraries, museums, historical societies, newspaper archives, etc., where applicable, to see if they might have any old pictures on file. Thank you very much in advance!
Name: William K.S. Gray
Console Operator 1978-79 Pin Main, Cam Main
Name: Michael D
I can still see the look of horror on my dads face when I brought an old WW2 surplus radar system home and put it in the garage. Guess it was just lucky that I never got it running, was still great fun for a 12 Year Old electronics geek. Great web site.
Name: Gary Jacobs
From the poster below concerning Chinese bases, re: Matsu and Quemoy islands. Hard to believe that they were a large topic in the Nixon-Kennedy debates. Now faded to obscurity, though now and then something like a P-3 Orion plane being paid a too-close visit by a Chinese fighter revives the debates about defense of whatever-it-is at the time.
Name: Chuck Adkins
A few months ago there was a discussion about USAF personnel stationed at Chinese Radar sites on Taiwan in the 60's. On this link is a couple of my pictures of the site at Shimen. The first color photo's were taken by Gary Wilson in 1965 & 66. The black and white photos were taken by me in 1964.
Name: Rocky Dimare
Amazing. I don't believe I ever met G Wickert or Tom Page but I was also at Hancock Field when it closed.
Name: G Wickert
Rocky & Tom:
Name: Rocky D
This is wild. When I left Hancock I went to Clear AK for a yr then came right back to the ROCC at Griffiss. My new job? One of those HQ NORAD slots in the Exercise Branch.
Name: John Tianen
I can't help but add my two cents worth to the Hancock Field conversation. I lived in the Syracuse area from 1965 (when I left the Air Force)until 2000 when I moved to Arizona to get away from those nasty winters. I worked for Carrier Corporation and for many years drove by the base along Taft Road. As you all know, Taft Road runs about 100 yards from the SAGE blockhouse. When the base closed, I watched it slowly deteriorate. The only opportunity I ever got to go on the base was in the 90s when I dealt with a business that had taken over the old dispensary. I wouldn't be surprised if our paths unknowingly crossed during those years. I lived and shopped in North Syracuse for many years.
Name: Carl Wenberg
All the msg. about the Radar units & what happened to them, wonder what happened to all the manual scopes 99s and 175s (Handy Dandys) etc. also plotting boards were any kept for display anywhere???
Name: Tom Page
Re G. Wickert's comments below about the closing of Hancock Field (SAGE) -- I was also there at the time, and actually a few of the AN/FSQ-7 consoles and/or indicator panels were saved and shipped off to the then-new Computer Museum in Boston. However, I was told several years later that the Computer Museum closed. So, who knows where those SAGE items then went. Scrap?
Name: Tom Page
I should mention also that sections of AN/FSQ-7 SAGE Computers found re-use in Hollywood. For a listing of TV shows and movies, with lots of great photos, go to http://ripsaw.cac.psu.edu/~mloewen/Q7/.