Radomes Guestbook V3.0
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Prior months' guestbooks:
Name: G.A. Wickert
To Tom Ballard:
Name: Tom Ballard
I was a radar operator from 1956 until 1976 and served in many locations. My first assignment after tech school was in korea. I then went to Lockport AFS NY. From Lockport I went to Syracuse where I worked in the DC. Syracuse had the only DC/CC at the same location. The block houses were side by side and were connected. You could go from one to the other without going outside. The Control Center was eventually re-located to Stewart AFB NY. In 1964 I left Syracuse and went to the Philippines. I was in the 5th Tac Control Wing there. From there I went to Cape Charles Va where I was the weapons tech in the buic system. 11 Months later I went back to the P.I. From there I went to Otis airplane patch and got introduced to the EC121D. When Otis closed I was transferred to McClellan where we flew the D, H, and T models. While at Syracuse I spent some time at General Electric where they were developing the 412L system. After it was installed I wnt TDY to Germany for 4 months, where the system was being tested.
Name: Tom Page
One little correction to the 'Guestbook' entry below --
Served in 781st radar squadron from 62 to 65
Name: Stanton Richardson
My name is Stanton (Stan ) Richardson, I served in the A C & W 904th Squadron from 1961 - 1962. I played on the basketball(center forward) and softball (pitcher) squadrons. I would like to communicate with anyone who might have photos of me or other teamates from that time.
Name: A/1C GERALD ELLIS
I was station at manassas afb around mar 58 till oct 59 before being sent to SAGE school and Kansas City 3387th training at Richards Gebaur AFB then on to seattle SAGE sector. If i ever run across some of the photos that i took i will send them to you. thanks for all the SUPER memories your picture give me.
Name: Gary Jacobs
On air defense radars detecting incoming meteors, asteroids, etc.: "[I]tís vanishingly unlikely that air defense systems would be able to even make the shot. The Chelyabinsk meteor was traveling at something like 32,000 miles per hour. (A 747′s typical cruising speed? 567 miles per hour.) By the time you notice it, itís too late to stop it. Not that you would notice it. Meteors like the one in Chelyabinsk are going to pass through the detection systems that humans have. Telescopes pointed to space are only going to be able to see a ginormous asteroid. Missile warning and air-defense radars run via software that ignores things that arenít planes and missiles. And the eyes of U.S. military satellites are pointed the wrong way ó down toward Earth. The Defense Support Program satellite constellation, for instance, is looking for launches of things like intercontinental ballistic missiles that threaten America, using infrared. But the asteroid is cold until it enters the atmosphere." Link:
Name: David Byron
I am a former FUZZY-7 troop from MacDill, 82-85. I will finally be retiring from the Air Force March 1 - does anyone know of any other former FUZZY troops still in uniform? Anybody know of any reunions? Thanks.
Name: Tom Page
Regarding rigid radomes vs. inflatable radomes, I believe the rigid versions caused somewhat more RF attenuation than the inflatable ones did. Does anyone know / remember?
Name: Steve Weatherly
With the help of Tom Page I have seen photos of rigid radomes for the FPS-26A at Fortuna (date unknown), North Turo (about 77 to 79), and Winston-Salem (circa 63). Of these The Fortuna and W-S rigid radomes appear to be of the same design. The rigid radome at North Turo appears to use smaller panels.
Name: Steve Weatherly
Back in 1964, RADC published a survey of ground radomes and listed a prototype rigid radome (identified as a CW-424) for the FPS-26. They did not say where it was located. Looking through photos of the sites with the FPS-26/26A it appears that there was a rigid radome on the 26 tower at Fortuna, ND. The CW-424 was 60' in diameter, 48' high and had 161 panels.
Name: Tom Page
Steve: I have seen photos of rigid radomes on a few other AN/FPS-26 height-finder radar towers. Look at our photos of North Truro AFS, MA and Winston-Salem AFS, NC. There might be others.
Name: Joel L. Reese
I was stationed with the 852nd from March of 1957 until October of 1958. The squadron logo was a flight of two jets going from right to left over an outline of the island. We wore blue baseball caps with the emblem sewn onto the cap. Our barracks had no air conditioning only louvers you opened to let some air in. In order to sleep at night you took your top sheet to the shower, soaked it, wrung it out and then laid under it. As the water evaporated, it cooled you down so you could sleep. We slept in open bays.
Name: Jerry Coker
I was stationed at the 924th AC&W Saglak, Labrador from 1965 to 1966. I worked in the Comm. Center.