Monthly Archives: April 2014

Going Back To Loring

A few years back I made my first Cold War Project related trip up to Maine to photograph the former Loring Air Force Base and some other sites in the area. On my trip, there were a few areas of the base that I couldn’t get access to and others that I was only given a very short time in. So I had always promised myself that at some point I would go back. Late last year I did just that. And thanks to some great folks at the Fish and Wildlife Service, I was able to get access to those areas.

This will be the first of a few posts from Loring. So, let’s start with the conventional weapons storage area. Loring was a major nuclear weapons base, but it also housed a great deal of conventional bombs. A large portion of those bunkers have been bulldozed since the base closed, but there is one area that’s still intact.

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Way Up North

In northern Maine is the former Presque Isle Air Force Base. Originally a fighter interceptor base, it eventually became the only base to house Snark Missiles, an early intercontinental cruise missile. The missiles never really worked that well and after only 4 months the unit that operated them was inactivated and the base was closed shortly after that. Today the base is used a municipal airport and is home to a community college and industrial park. Most of the original buildings are long gone. Though the old Snark hangers are mostly still there in various states of use and a few of the original fighter hangers remain as well.

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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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