Tag Archives: Massachusetts

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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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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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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