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Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...
The AFV ASSOCIATION was formed in 1964 to support the thoughts and research of all those interested in Armored Fighting Vehicles and related topics, such as AFV drawings. The emphasis has always been on sharing information and communicating with other members of similar interests; e.g. German armor, Japanese AFVs, or whatever.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:42 pm
Post subject: Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...

An offshoot of the "M48A5 at the Armed Forces Retirement Home" thread (which I was hunting for pics to support) got me onto this topic with an interesting (well, to me anyway) link for oodles of former Nike launch sites with lots of links to pics from then (and some now). If you like this old "cold war" stuff (and I grew up in it and now have a facination with it) it's become sort of the "modern ruin" to look back on. Lots of links-within-the-link to look over, if you like this sort of thing. Sort of like Geoff Waldens Cold War Sites on his ThirdReichInRuins site, but concentrated on the ADA batteries (I had no idea there were so many). Many were overseas so it's international as well as well as hugely domestic (and it was huge...I didn't realize...Detroit was ringed).

There's a book for cold war ruins out in the UK, too. "Google" for "cold war sites" and you find lots of interesting stuff. If anyone finds some similar links, I'd appreciate your posting...I love looking at this old stuff, especially if it's got "then and now" pics.

Have fun, there's a lot in here...

ed-thelen.org/loc.html


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:03 am
Post subject: Re: Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...

Not Nike but BOMARC missle site near me.

story here

www.airfields-freeman....s_NJ_E.htm

here

www.strangeusa.com/Vie...onid=11933

and here

www.abandonedbutnotfor...bomarc.htm

if you want to google earth it

Lat 40 degrees 2' 1.73" North
Long 74 degrees 26" 28.24" West

Maybe that's why I glow in the dark Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:39 pm
Post subject: Re: Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...

- piney
Not Nike but BOMARC missle site near me.

story here

www.airfields-freeman....s_NJ_E.htm

here

www.strangeusa.com/Vie...onid=11933

and here

www.abandonedbutnotfor...bomarc.htm

if you want to google earth it

Lat 40 degrees 2' 1.73" North
Long 74 degrees 26" 28.24" West

Maybe that's why I glow in the dark Smile

Piney


In 1960, my family moved to Limestone Maine from El Paos Tx, as my father was assigned to a battery of Nike Hercules in Northern Maine. He was ADA for most of his career.

Perhaps why I know more than I care to on Herc/Ajax/Redeye/Stinger/Hawk/Improved Hawk/Vulcan/Sgt York/Patriot.... For a career Tanker, that is... Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:49 pm
Post subject: Re: Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...

- piney
Not Nike but BOMARC missle site near me.

story here

www.airfields-freeman....s_NJ_E.htm

here

www.strangeusa.com/Vie...onid=11933

and here

www.abandonedbutnotfor...bomarc.htm

if you want to google earth it

Lat 40 degrees 2' 1.73" North
Long 74 degrees 26" 28.24" West

Maybe that's why I glow in the dark Smile

Piney


Thanks, Piney...seems that McGuire site is the best preserved BOMARC precisely because of the fire and nuke contamination and is an historic site (still owned/controlled by the AF). Still has the launchers installed. Worst nuke accident here until Three-Mile Island, apparently. Very interesting stuff!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:24 pm
Post subject: Re: Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...

here is a good book on the subject, I think its out of print right now...
Rings of Supersonic Steel: Air Defenses of the United States Army 1950-1979
click here
http://tinyurl.com/4hlwnv

Don did you get the japanese pic i sent you?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:11 pm
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www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/index.shtml uk sites

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:51 pm
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Nikes, yeah doug, one of the sites that ringed detroit is not too far from the house. it is now a park and nature center. they have a few pics of the old site inside the center.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:59 pm
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add two site locations to that-- one was north and the other south in the city proper... as it was meant to be, if you were to visit the locale you wouldnt even know it...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:09 am
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okay, back again, you peaked my curiousity doug, looking up more of this stuff... in 1961 detroit had 16 battery sites in the surrounding area. to think i have been to many of these areas and hadnt realized what had been there.
very interesting to think that the industrial area of detroit was so vital for the time period (and it protected windsor, dont forget our friends from across the river).
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:33 am
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Wow! doug, there is alot out there on this history! thanks for bringing this up.
my family has hunted near the algonac site ( the site is near beaverdam drain), i have done some shooting in that area hanging at a friends farm. there was a site near occ/ou were i finished my minor. obviously, there was the battery at SANG that i drove by when i worked there. there was even a site over in bingham/franklin...

today, you wouldnt think that we would be interested in defending detroit...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:50 am
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hi guys if you want any specific info on the sites just ask I have my copy of
Rings Of Supersonic Steel, Air Defenses Of The U.S. Army 1950-1979 by Mark Morgan and Mark Berhow right here.....AJ

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:32 am
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hey armyjunk2,
that book was worth the buy? i think i will get it.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:58 pm
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Shawn, I noticed Amazon says it is currently unavailable, if you have trouble finding a copy Mark B. is a friend of mine and he might have a extra copy around, let me know....
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:16 pm
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armyjunk2 have you gotten my PM thru the site here in RE: Mark B.'s book?
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checking with Mark
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