Tag Archives: Air Force

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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North Truro

Close to the tip of Cape Cod is the former North Truro Air Force Station. It served most of its existence as an early warning radar and listening station. It was closed in 1994. Today the FAA and Park Service control most of the property and there’s even a theater troop set-up there. Though most of the buildings are so full of asbestos that most are sealed up and left to fall down.

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Amarillo And A Random Nuke Train

During my New Mexico Cold War Extravaganza last year I took a quick trip into Texas to stop by the long closed Amarillo Air Force Base. The base was closed in the late 60’s and over the years a lot of it has been torn down. But there were remnants of the place left when I swung through.

One curious find were a set of train cars from the Pantex plant down the road. Pantex is where decommissioned nuclear weapons are disassembled and reprocessed into fuel for nuclear reactors. The train cars were used to move the weapons around the facility.

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A Sacramento Excursion

The former Mather Air Force Base outside of Sacramento, California was closed in the huge BRAC round of closures following the end of the Cold War. A lot of the base has been converted into an industrial/ business park but there were some parts of the old base still around.

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I Didnt Find Any Flying Saucers…

… but I did find a busted up fighter jet in a parking lot. These are a few pictures from the former Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico. The base today has been turned into an industrial park and houses a commercial aircraft bone yard (that I couldn’t manage to talk my way into).

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Going Back To Castle

A few years ago I made my first trip out to the former Castle Air Force Base not only to explore the base but to check out the fabulous Castle Air Museum. Not too long ago I found myself in the area again and decided to take a second look around.

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