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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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2012

09/30/2012 00:00:00

Name: Robert L Wilmoth
Email: wilm52 AT dishmail.net

Was with Hq NEAC and Hq 64 AD at Pepperell from 1956 to 1960. Helped move Hq 64 AD to Stewart AFB, NY in 1960. One child born at PAFB hospital in 1958


09/28/2012 00:00:00

Name: Melvin L. Brauer
Email: mjb041159 AT msn.com

I was with the first group of Airmen to serve at the
718th AC&W Squadron, 1958 to 1959. I served in Radar Ops.


09/28/2012 00:00:00

Name: Melvin L. Brauer
Email: mjb041159 AT msn.com

I was with the first group of Airmen to serve at the
718th AC&W Squadron, 1958 to 1959. I served in Radar Ops.
Unalakleet, Alaska


09/26/2012 00:00:00

Name: Marty Martin
Email: Genevafl AT aol.com

Was stationed at Saitozaki, 610 ACW, 772nd At Cartwright, Cape Charles, VA, etc.


09/26/2012 00:00:00

Name: Mahlon Marin
Email: Genevafl AT aol.com

Anyone out there ever stationed at Padloping Island, NWT, Canadian Arctic? Was there in 52-53 as Radio Operator.


09/25/2012 00:00:00

Name: richard a kayholm
Email: formular42 AT yahoo.com

i was stationed at 796 ac&w sq.in Bartlesville,ok between 1956 to 1960would like to contact anyone that was there at the same time richard a kayholm


09/24/2012 00:00:00

Name: David Latoni,M.D.,Capt.,USAF,55-59
Email: Davidlatoni AT yahoo.com

I SERVED AT SITE Y-11,Rabat,Morocco 56-58 ,an air defense unit I enjoyed my tour


09/23/2012 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

News Item:
Alaskan AC&W radars -- still on the job providing valuable early warning to NORAD. See http://www.dvidshub.net/news/95076/alaska-norad-region-depends-us-canadian-binational-cooperation#.UF9ElI1lRNs.


09/23/2012 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

News Item re the BMD radar upgrade at Clear AFS, AK:

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/BMEWS-Radar-Upgrades-Clear-AFS-Goes-from-Warning-to-BMD-Targeting-07532/


09/21/2012 00:00:00

Name: Gene
Email: hq AT afrmaonline.org

Today, the Air Force Radar Museum Association's priceless Cold War artifact, a circa 1956 Bendix FPS-18 Radar Antenna, will make its final journey - from storage in the former Eastgate Mall in Indianapolis to the Radar Museum's tower in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Godspeed! (repost of Rich Banta's post)


09/21/2012 00:00:00

Name: EZRA C RACHAL
Email: ecrachal AT yahoo.com

Stationed @ Blaine AFS 1952


09/19/2012 00:00:00

Name: Ron Larson
Email: Ronaldburtonlarson AT gmail.com

It seems 65 years ago the change had to be made after "nothing can stop" from "the Army Air Corp" to "the Fighting Air Force". Still though in Basic at Sampson in 1951 got issued Army clothes. Got issued an OD Ike jacket with 1pr OD trousers and a blue blouse with 1 pair blue trousers. Of course dyeing brown shoes to black was a lot of fun too. We had to buy our own blue hats and accessories but at $75 a month of course we had money to burn.


09/19/2012 00:00:00

Name: Frank Toledoo
Email: az8325 AT live.com

Was station there 72-75


09/19/2012 00:00:00

Name: Steve Weatherly
Email: lweatherly4 AT comcast.net

The last time I was involved with the FPS-18 was getting six of them to Korea. This time it's just an antenna and we don't have to go across an ocean. Let's get this done!


09/18/2012 00:00:00

Name: Stan Grote
Email: sgrote AT san.rr.com

I was sta. at 785th ac@w sqd. finley N.Dak. from 1957 to 1958 teletype mech.


09/18/2012 00:00:00

Name: ron monst
Email: ronrico73 AT att.net

happy birthday USAF


09/18/2012 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

Re John Tianen's account (below) of the recent 656th Radar Squadron reunion --

I have now attended two such reunions: (1) 701st Radar Squadron / Det 5, 14th Missile Warning Squadron reunion at Fort Fisher AFS, NC; and (2) 762nd Radar Squadron reunion at North Truro AFS, MA. Both experiences were overwhemingly positive, much like John's description of Saratoga AFS's reunion. I look forward to others for both sites.

The message here is, if your Radar Squadron / Air Force Station has not yet had a reunion, you should give serious consideration into helping organize one. I predict that you and all attendees will be pleasantly surprised at how good it is to see old acquaintenances again. I was amazed.


09/17/2012 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT earthlink.net

Mystery Solved...

Several months ago a photo was posted on this site that supposedly showed a height-finder radar installed on a temperate tower at Saratoga Springs Air Force Station. This photo was taken about the time the site was activated in 1952. The photo was not clear enough to positively confirm the presence of that tower. At the recent 656th reunion, I spoke with a radar maintenance tech who was stationed there when the site opened. He confirmed that a height finder was, in fact, installed on a temperate tower at that time.


09/17/2012 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

Thank you for the update, John. Much appreciated. It's always good to get first-hand confirmations from veterans who were there.

How did the reunion go? Good, I hope.

Thanks again. -- Tom


09/17/2012 00:00:00

Name: John Tianen
Email: jtianen AT earthlink.net

The recent 656th Radar Squadron reunion was a resounding success. Over 100 vets and their spouses attended. Poor health and family emergencies caused several last-minute cancellations. We're all getting old...

A highlight of the reunion was a tour of the old site. Through a stroke of good luck, we were able to gain access for a few hours in the afternoon. The weather was perfect. We all knew the site was deteriorating, but the actual condition was shocking. It's amazing what time and mother nature can do to a structure. I was completely floored by the reaction of our veterans. It was if they were all transported back in time to the glory days of the site. There was a constant back-and-forth of stories about events and people that took place back in the day. It's been years since I've seen such an expression of group happiness.

One moment really sticks in my mind. On the last day, we were saying our goodbys. One older retired NCO came up to me and said the following: "I'm a 20-year man, and this is the first time I've ever been invited to or taken part in a military reunion. You can't know what a wonderful time I've had." Tears were flowing as he said those words. I was very touched by his response.


09/16/2012 00:00:00

Name: Frank slaughter
Email: boxzing AT hotmail.com

Just a note if it applys to the service member station at Middleton island Alaska .
Feb 22, 1958 my father and three other member of his Air Force Sq parishes on the island . I was wondering if they would be included in this museum .
My name is the same as his Frank Slaughter .
Thank you


09/14/2012 00:00:00

Name: Raymond Wilson
Email: rewilson1947 AT suddenlink.net

Topsham fire dept. 1966 to 1969


09/13/2012 00:00:00

Name: Tom Page
Email: historian AT radomes.org

Interesting on-line tool: http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/

This tool lets you see the affected areas for different yielding nuclear weapons at any location of your choice. (Don't know how accurate the tool is, given that it's unclassified, but it's intereting nonetheless.)


09/13/2012 00:00:00

Name: stan wisniewski
Email: swisni1023 AT embarqmail.com

served at empire 58 59 fordland mo 59 60


09/13/2012 00:00:00

Name: eddie carter
Email: upperooministries AT yahoo.com

i was station there in 1973


09/12/2012 00:00:00

Name: Jim Stafford
Email: stafford AT metrocast.net

I worked on the FST2 at Othello Air Force Station in WA. Was there from 1960 to 1962.


09/09/2012 00:00:00

Name: A/3C JOSEPH T.HOWZE
Email: josephhowze011011 AT yahoo.com

I LEFT THIS NOTE YEARS AGO WITH YOU....LEFT THE 825TH AC&W SQ, MT. LOLO, KAMLOOPS CANADA,FOR THE 848TH AC&W SQ. CLARK AFB PI,WOW WHAT A RIDE FOR A YEAR AND 1/2 LILY HILL RADAR. WHERE DID THE THE 848TH AC&W GO NEXT??? ANY ONE KNOW?? USE MY E-MAIL. MY YEAR WAS 1958 TO 1960, ALSO PLAYED FOOTBAL USAF Vs. US ARMY IN THE BAMBOO BOWL.ALL OUR GUYS WERE FROM THE 848TH. AC&W SQ.THE 405TH FIGHTER WING AIR POLICE SQ. SEE MY FACEBOOK FOOTBALL PICTURES OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM UNDER MY NAME JOSEPH T. HOWZE MY FOOTBALL NUMBER IS 35, LINEMEN USED WHAT EVER NUMBER WE COULD GET OUR HANDS ON. 35 WAS GOOD FOR ME SEE THE TEAM PHOTOGRAPH.OH BY THE WAY I MADE THE TEAM AT 15 YEARS OLD.4 YEARS IN THE USAF ALL HONORABLE. USED MY FOOTBALL BACK GROUND TO GET A SCHOLARSHIP TO ALAN HANCOCK COLLEGE SANTA MARIA CALIFORNIA, MY FOOTBALL HEAD COACH WAS NONE OTHER THEN COACH,NOW A DOCTOR, JOHN MADDEN OF THE SOON TO BE THE OAKLAND RAIDERS HEAD COACH MAKING HIM THE YOUNGEST COACH IN THE NFL. WOW WHAT A RIDE. MORE AT ANOTHER TIME. I'M 70 YEARS OLD NOW,AND DR. JOHN MADDEN IS 75 YEARS OLD BY NOW. OH WOW I STILL NEED TO GET THAT $5.00 BACK TO HIM. I NEEDED TO GET FOOD OVER THE WEEK END, THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA WAS NOT OPEN SAT. AND SUNDAY AT ALEN HANCOCK COLLEGE, I THINK ALL THE JC COLLEGE'S WERE LIKE THAT BACK IN THE DAY. GO TO FACEBOOK.COM JOSEPH T. HOWZE CHECK IT OUT.


09/08/2012 00:00:00

Name: George Gebus
Email: dggebus AT att.net

Served at 923 AC&W from 1962 through 1963


09/07/2012 00:00:00

Name: Stan Duro
Email: standuro AT att.net

TAPS for Tommie Tindell Othello, WA

I've discovered on the othellooutlook.com website that Tommie passed away, July 4, 2012 (3 days shy of his 82nd birthday)

Being an ex 637 AC&W guy I had spoken to Tommie over the years and read about his activities in keeping the memories of veterans
fresh in the minds of sparsely populated Othello - Moses Lake area. I understand he served in Okinawa, Japan, Alaska, Nevada and Oregon.
He had served 4 tours at Othello, WA.

As for his post service, for veterans, he was the driving force to have the town of Othello acquire a T-33 static display, that was once at the 637th site,moved to a park right on one of the main streets, for all passerbys to see.

His support continued up to last month ( June ) for a memorial for 87 Forgotten Heroes at the former Larson AFB in Moses Lake, that was a Christmas time disasterous crash of a C-124 which Tommie just avoided but 5 other Othello Airmen perished.

Tom will be missed by all the groups he participated in.

My condolences to His Family


09/01/2012 00:00:00

Name: Ronald H Tester
Email: capnront AT hotmail.com

I was stationed at Indian Mountain,Utopia Creek from Feburary 1968 to March 1969. I was assigned to the 708 AC&W Radar site at top camp. I was A1C(SGT)in charge of the height finder radars, and displays. I live in Lexington,KY and I am in Alaska at the moment visiting Family who where sationed at Elmendorf AFB and still live here after they retired.