Online Air Defense Radar Museum Guestbook

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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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2011

09/30/2011 00:00:00

Name: Tom nawa
Email: Tom.Nawa AT yahoo.com

861st Aiken cs 1956 the 1960 great people


09/30/2011 00:00:00

Name: dan nash
Email: dan.1545 AT hotmail.com

would like to get in touch with peeps who were in Edgar 1955 and 56


09/27/2011 00:00:00

Name: jim (jj)jaynes
Email: aircop1934 AT gmail.com

usaf 53-57.at sparrevohn ak 54-55. at blue knob,pa.55-57.Air traffic controller PIT-CLE ARTCC 57-94.now 77 (Sept 2011)itsbeen a great life.


09/26/2011 00:00:00

Name: Robert Lombard
Email: BOBLOMBARD65 AT sbcglobal.net

To All:
I was at the dome in 1956 to 1957 I would like to contact anyone in that time frame.

Bob Lombard A 2/c radar operator


09/25/2011 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: afrma AT radomes.org

Mia culpa, mia culpa, mia maxima culpa
This morning I got a "ping" from an individual about not including GATR (and other comm folks, too) in the writeup we emailed to Radomes members and others yesterday promoting the new National Air Defense Radar Museum. I had intended to email a note directly to him, but managed to munge his email and lose it altogether, so I don't have an email address any longer.

The criticism is deserved, and the oversight was just that, not an intentional snub in any way. I'll be making changes to the text that's on the "About AFRMA" web page that the email was taken from today, and in the NADRM brochure in the next printing. My apologies to all the comm guys out there. We needed you "back in the day", and we certainly need you now! - Gene/AFRMA/NADRM


09/25/2011 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

While not related to Cold War era air-defense radar topics, a number of folks nonetheless might be interested to know that the World War II battleship USS Iowa will soon be headed for Los Angeles harbor where it will become a museum.


09/25/2011 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT earthlink.net

All 656th Saratoga AFS Vets.....

Visit our reunion website at http://mdougherty.net/reunion_656/reunion.htm


09/24/2011 00:00:00

Name: robert r carter
Email: hrcarter1 AT verizon.net

served at 771st cape charles 1955-1956. guam 852 57 to58


09/24/2011 00:00:00

Name: al smith
Email: kingswy AT dfn.com

I was with the 686th ac&w @Walker AFB,Roswell,NM from Nov.1959-Feb 1961. my AFSC was a electrical power production operator. supplying electrical backup power for the radar unit. would like to hear from anyone stationed there around that time...Al


09/22/2011 00:00:00

Name: Robert R Cummins
Email: b5250cal AT hotmail.com

I spent 2 months and 4 months at Charleston AFS (765th AC&W Sq) in early 60s as RADAR TECH and AN/FST-2B TECH.


09/19/2011 00:00:00

Name: Jack Kerr
Email: jackr_ker AT msn.com

2012 AEW&C Reunion Reservations UPDATED telephone # 888-233-9527. Be sure to reference AEW&C Reunion


09/19/2011 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT earthlink.net

Passing of a Radar Veteran

Today's Tucson paper announced the passing of retired TSgt John Bryce (Hap) Haggard. Hap served as a radar technician. He was the secretary of the 601st Tactical Control Association. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at Bring's Broadway Chapel at 6910 Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ.


09/19/2011 00:00:00

Name: Dennis Decker
Email: ddoubled68 AT yahoo.com

I was stationed at Det.11-619th TCS on Hon Tre Island, Vietnam from July 1968 to July 1969. I knew a guy named John Newman who was stationed there with me. He was from Oklahoma. Anyone know him? I would like to get in touch with him. A real nice guy.


09/19/2011 00:00:00

Name: Dennis Decker
Email: ddoubled68 AT yahoo.com

I was stationed at Det.11-619th TCS on Hon Tre Island, Vietnam from July 1968 to July 1969. I knew a guy named John Newman who was stationed there with me. He was from Oklahoma. Anyone know him? I would like to get in touch with him. A real nice guy.


09/19/2011 00:00:00

Name: SCOTT E. KAUFFMAN
Email: scootk AT mindspring.com

Hello, i was stationed on Okino in the early 70's as radar operator with Det 2 552AEW...i think that was the outfit!


09/18/2011 00:00:00

Name: Paul Cunningham
Email: prcunningham AT dishmail.net

I was stationed at 683rd AC&W in Sweetwater, TX from 1962-1963. I was in Power Production (power house).


09/18/2011 00:00:00

Name: stan neuhaus
Email: sen9917 AT yahoo.com

new e-mail address: sen9917@yahoo.com


09/16/2011 00:00:00

Name: Freddie Grizzle
Email: Grizzlef AT bellsouth.net

What is the Latedt?


09/15/2011 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT earthlink.net

ATTENTION all 656th Veterans....

I am attempting to see if there is enough interest for a reunion for the 656th (Saratoga Air Force Station).

If you think you might attend a future reunion, please e-mail me.

This is strictly a survey. No reunion is planned at this time. However, if there is enough interest, we will move forward with planning.

John Tianen A1C Radar Maintenance
656th 1963 - 1965


09/14/2011 00:00:00

Name: craig barnard
Email: craig_bar AT hotmail.com

i was in the 701 st in the early 80s. i miss the place, had alot of fun.


09/14/2011 00:00:00

Name: Fred Lenhart
Email: alaskanwolf001 AT yahoo.com

Between 1976 and 1981 I was a 276X0 AC&W Operator/Tech. I was stationed at Hancock Field, Syracuse, New York (1976/77), Murphy Dome AFS, Fairbanks, AK, (1977/78), Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV; Living in Beatty, NV for the Tonopah Range (1978/80), and finally Tatalina AFS, AK, (1980/81).


09/13/2011 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: tepage AT hotmail.com

David Miller et al.: That question was kicked around a lot in the weeks following 9/11 2001. My own opinion is that the two airliners that hit the twin towers of The World Trade Center most likely still would have succeeded. However, the one headed for Washington, DC, *probably* would have been intercepted and shot down by either Air Force fighter-interceptor aircraft or by Army Nike missiles. What a terrible (but necessary) decision that would have been! But we'll never know since we were in peacetime surveillance mode only, and were caught with our collective pants down.


09/13/2011 00:00:00

Name: DAvid W. Bent
Email: dbent1 AT tampabay.rr.com

Hi! I was stationed at the 926th AC&W Sq. in 1956-57 as a power production / engine generator operator mechanic at the time. A very memorable time in my life being in the Arctic durring the Cold War,
they just did not need to get it that cold! I remember the Troposcatter Antennas 60 ft in diameter as well as the radar radoms that were pumped full of air in the outer skin.
I also remember the aircraft accident on Frobish as I was on it when it crashed durring take off. I don't remember too many particulars of the accident itself but was told the pilot lost all oil pressure in all the engins and to stop the plane before it went in the ocean he reversed the props for all its woth and the plane came down in like a pancake. If anyone can remember this incident please drop a line ok? Thanks dbent1@tampabay.rr.com


09/13/2011 00:00:00

Name: Luke Jarvis
Email: lkjrvs AT yahoo.com

My Dad was Larry Jarvis. He worked for G.E. and was at Ko Kha Air Base in Lampang, Thailand in the early '70's. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him. He passed in March of 1995. Best regards.


09/13/2011 00:00:00

Name: William Hosey
Email: whosey4099 AT aol.com

I was stationed at Mishma radar site from 1956-1957. I was a
radar repairman.


09/12/2011 00:00:00

Name: Freddie Grizzle
Email: Grizzlef AT Bellsouth.net

I was at Sparrevohn the same time as you. I worked in Supply at bottom camp.


09/12/2011 00:00:00

Name: David Miller
Email: gmiller1945 AT verizon.net

I wonder what use think could have happened on 9/11/2001 if they had keep aeorspace defense command active and with the sage system, with live armed Convair F-106 with sidewinder, sparrow, and genie could have keep the terrorists from hitting the twin towers and the pentagon. They had the system in place for decades and then when it really could have done some good it was gone. Of course they would still have had to killed the people in the airplanes, but they could have saved the rest. Of course now we have the Lockheed F-22 Raptor, but now we will have enought sense to keep this awesome weapon available. Sincerely, David W. Miller


09/11/2011 00:00:00

Name: Jim
Email: jime AT gci.net

Remember 9/11....

In Gratitude for those who Serve..
And in Sorrow for those who have lost their lives…


09/11/2011 00:00:00

Name: Tom Noe
Email: geonoe AT comcast.net

I was stationed at the 638th AC&W Sqdn (Curlew AFS, WA) from August 1957 to January 1959, then the 876th AC&W Sqdn. on Mt. Aitana, Spain, from February 1959 to September 1960. Radar Maintenance career field was frozen for promotions in 1960, so I left the USAF, went back to school and became a patent attorney. Worked most of my career as in-house counsel for Tektronix, Inc. in Beaverton, OR. I would enjoy reconnecting with anyone from the 638th or 876th.


09/11/2011 00:00:00

Name: Doug Hyder
Email: maynard1 AT gci.net

I was stationed @ Indian Mt, AK from 1/77 - 1/78. I'm searching for a civilian employee who worked for RCA/OMS during that period. His name is James (Jamie) Brown. I appreciate any help you can provide.


09/09/2011 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

EW in the news:

U.S. Military Plane Forced Down By North Korean Electronic Attack
Updated: Friday, 09 Sep 2011, 8:41 AM EDT; By AFP: SEOUL - A U.S. military reconnaissance plane came under electronic attack from North Korea and had to make an emergency landing during a major military exercise in March, a political aide said Friday. The aide said the plane suffered disturbance to its GPS system due to jamming signals from the North's southwestern cities of Haeju and Kaesong as it was taking part in the annual U.S.-South Korea drill, Key Resolve. The incident was disclosed in a report that Seoul's defense ministry submitted to Ahn Kyu-baek of parliament's defense committee, the aide to Ahn said. Spokesmen for the defense ministry and U.S. Forces Korea declined to comment. Jamming signals -- sent at intervals of five to 10 minutes on the afternoon of March 4 -- forced the plane to make an emergency landing 45 minutes after it took off, the aide quoted the report as saying ...

Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/us-military-plane-forced-down-by-north-korean-electronic-attack-20110909-ncx#ixzz1XTLPvkuB


09/09/2011 00:00:00

Name: James B. Davis
Email: jbdavis133 AT olp.net

I was at the 760th all of 1956. Arrived there after I left Newfoundland in 1955. Got out of the AF 1/1/57 at Geiger AFB in Spokane.

Jim


09/09/2011 00:00:00

Name: Donald Abbott
Email: donald AT texastower.com

UPDATE of Mariner's Memorial Brick Placements and ceremony!
To The Families, Membership and Friends
Of The USAF Texas Tower Association & the 551 St. A.E.W. And Control Wing,

I just recently received a "ok" to announce the placing of 82 names on "Memorial Bricks" with 32 names from the Victims of all the "Texas Towers" and all of the "Radar Constellation Aircraft" EC-121-H Lockheed Super Constellations, "Warning Stars" that crashed into the sea killing 50 crew members from Otis AFB, radar squadrons. This will take place in Newport, RI at 515 Ocean Avenue, at the end of Bellevue Avenue, on Sunday, 10/9/2011 at 12 P.M. I hope because of the lateness of this communication it will not prevent those who could be there from coming. As I have said before I have just received the "Ok" that these plans were finalized and the engravings are finished. They will be placed in the ground this week. Remember! RADAR was our "Mission" at Otis A.F.B. And we were all in it together! God Bless Them One and All! It is only fitting and proper that these 82 men will be honored together in this fashion, never to be separated again, for it is these men that kept our Nation safe during the "Cold War!"
If it is at all possible would you please spread the word immediately to any of the families and fellow servicemen who are involved. The public is invited to honor these men also and they are welcomed!

Warm Regards,
Don Abbott
781-324-5158
donald@texastower.com


09/08/2011 00:00:00

Name: Gary Jacobs
Email: gaj7702 AT aol.com

Below is referenced a remarkable audio document having to do with air defense. I was taken by how by simply switching off transponders the system was flummoxed. No Stealth needed, I gather. Listen to these voices -- the confused, the scared, the calm and determined.

From the NY Times, Thurs. Sept. 8:

The 9/11 Tapes: The Story in the Air: A selection of audio recordings from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.), North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) and American Airlines from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The recordings, some of which have been published previously, are being released in a multimedia report originally intended to be part of the Sept. 11 Commission’s 2004 report.

(Read the article for directions on how to play the audio.)


http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/09/08/nyregion/911-tapes.html?ref=nyregion


09/05/2011 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: tepage AT hotmail.com

News item of possible interest:

http://abc.daytonsnewssource.com/shared/newsroom/features/where_you_live/videos/vid_477.shtml


09/05/2011 00:00:00

Name: Bob Caggiano
Email: rmcagg AT gmail.com

For anyone stationed at the 641st AC&W (Melville AFS) in Labrador who has a photo, story or something interesting to post, please let me know. I will add it to the website. Check out the website to see if you recognize someone you may know.

http://melvilleairstation.tripod.com


09/04/2011 00:00:00

Name: Jack Kerr
Email: jackr_ker AT msn.com

A lot of September Newsletters I sent out for 2012 AEW&C Connie Reunion have come back. If you have got new email address in last six months please let me know.


09/04/2011 00:00:00

Name: Gene McManus
Email: afrma AT radomes.org

The Air Force Radar Museum Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, whose sole project is the creation of the National Air Defense Radar Museum. This museum will be built in the AN/FPS-26 tower at the former 664th AC&W/Radar Squadron in Bellefontaine, Ohio. The tower is leased for the next 25 years, we have an active design team at work, with a professional architect & construction consultant.

AFRMA memberships are now open and we need your help through your memberships and/or donations. We have fundraising consultants ready to go to work, but we first need to have sufficient funds available to pay for this service. It's not cheap, and it's necessary to get to the very large dollar amount needed for tower renovation and displays initially, as well as the funds needed to pay for some staff that is becoming necessary, as well as "shortfall" funds. We are turning first to our peers - those who have served at a radar station somewhere - to get this kick-started.

Members who join during the first year, before March 1, 2012, will be recognized as "Founding Members", with a certificate and their names engraved on a plaque to be on permanent display in the museum. Additionally, Founding Members dues will not be subject to changes that might be necessary in the future as we move forward.

Please visit the AFRMA web site at www.radomes.org/afrma for additional membership and/or donation information.

I've been sending brochures with Radomes membership renewals. Email me with your name & address at the email address above if you'd like one.

And thanks very much in advance for your support! - Gene


09/01/2011 00:00:00

Name: Jack Kerr
Email: jackr_ker AT msn.com

You may now make reservations for the 2012 AEW&C (Connie) Reunion. Host hotel will be the Crowne Plaza in Colorado Springs. Reservations # 800-981-4012. Refer to Airborne Early Warning or AEW&C Reunion rates. Dates: August 2nd Check in- August 5th Check out. Room rate is $109.00 per night. Rate will be honored 3 day prior and post if space available. Reunion Registration Forms will be available later this year. Form will include banquet and tour cost.