Tag Archives: Air Force Base

Stony Brook

Out in central Massachusetts is the former Stony Brook Air Force Station. Originally built by the Air Force Materiel Command in the 1950’s it was a major storage area for convention weapons as well as the storage and maintenance area for nuclear weapons for the neighboring Westover Air Force Base. The base was turned over to the Air Force Reserve in the mid 1970’s and Stony Brook was closed and handed over to the local municipality. Today the land is home to a jail as well as the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC). Two very kind employees from MMWEC were kind enough to grant me access to the area and show me around.

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Loring Air Force Base: The Last Little Bit

On my way out I stopped to make a few last pictures.

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Loring Air Force Base: The Nukes

And now for the nuclear weapons storage area at Loring.

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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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Loring Wrap Up

Here’s the last bit from my Cold War adventure to Loring Air Force Base. These photos are from some of the surrounding installations around the base that were radar or missile sites.