Back To The Cold War: South Weymouth NAS

About 30 minutes south of Boston is the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. Closed in 1997, it formerly served as a base for submarine hunting aircraft that patrolled the east coast. Today, much of the original base is gone. The runways have been almost completely dug up and new housing is being built in their place. But there is a small part of the base that remains, though it is also slated to be mostly torn down and replaced with more homes and retail space.

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Missile Park

About an hour and a half north of Los Angeles is Naval Base Ventura County, a very active and very not accessible base. But right on the edge of the base is a small park that displays some of the more interesting items that have been tested at the base over the years in various states of preservation. It was a neat little stop and something I was happy to discover by accident on the last day of my trip out there.

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Gold, Gold and More Gold: Inside The West Point Mint

Yesterday I had the opportunity to photograph inside the West Point branch of United States Mint. The West Point Mint is main facility for the production of all gold, silver and platinum bullion and proof coins for the U.S. government. Its a pretty surreal experience to see the huge amount of precious metal coins that they were making that day.

But the most out of this world part of the day was when I was taken into vault where they keep the gold bars that will be turned into coins. I’ve never seen anything like it in real life. Each bar contains approximately $500,000.00 worth of gold at recent prices.

I also have to say that the people who work at West Point are some of the friendliest folks I’ve dealt with, and I can’t thank them enough for giving me a few hours in the place.

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

George Air Force Base- Part Two

And the rest of the images from the former George Air Force Base.

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George Air Force Base

About an hour and a half drive out of Los Angeles is the former George Air Force Base. It was originally built during World War Two as a pilot training base and during the Korean war it was greatly expanded and remained a major training base for fighter pilots until it was closed in 1993. Today it houses several companies that paint commercial airliners as well as some distribution centers. But a lot of the old base is still standing and in various states of usage.

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The Wildlife Refuge

Just outside of Portsmouth, New Hampshire is the former Pease Air Force Base. During the Cold War it was a Strategic Air Command Bomber base and was the first major base to be closed by the BRAC commission at the end of the Cold War. Today the base is partially used by the Air National Guard and most of the facilities have been converted to an industrial/office park.

However, the former Weapons Storage Area is now part of the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Thanks to some very kind folks at the Fish and Wildlife Service, I was granted access to photograph it.

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A Place In The Clouds

In northern Vermont is the former Lyndonville Air Force Station. It’s by far the most breathtaking site that I have visited. It sits atop one of the highest points in Vermont and until its closure in 1962 it was an early warning radar base. After its closure it was sold to a private individual and most of the structures remain intact. Working up the guts to climb the radar towers for some of the elevated views was a bit of a challenge. But, thanks to the encouragement, and lack of a fear of heights of the two friends whom I was traveling with, I got up there.

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