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Copyright 2006-2010, Scott D. Murdock
13 Oct 2009 - Changed "Stockton AFS" to "Sharpe General Depot Field Annex"
8 Aug 2010 - Added additional photos. Added SF-88C and SF-87L, which I had mistakenly omitted.


I lived on Beale AFB for about a year back in 1962 and 1963, when my father was stationed there.  We were at Beale for two significant events in Cold War history:  The Cuban Missile Crisis, and the filming of A Gathering of EaglesJ  Also, we were the first family to live in one of the brand-new Capehart houses (yup, I drove by the old address and took a look).

So I was glad to have the chance to visit and work on the base for two weeks. I flew through Sacramento International Airport, which I hadn't used since my TDY to the area back in about 1989.

Due to having a very full plate these days, I'm skipping my usual trip report format in order to get these photos posted sooner.  All locations in this trip report are in California except for Stead AFB which is in Nevada.

Saturday, 3 Jun 2006

Beale AF Missile Site #2 (851-B)
(View from gate)

Beale AF Missile Site #3 (851-C)
No photos - couldn't get a good view.

Biggs Communications Site (GWEN 647)
(Equipment shelters)
(Top of tower)
(Base of tower and sign)
(Tower)

Chico AAFld
(Rear of hangar)
(Building)
(Control tower)
(Building)
(Rear of 184-foot demountable hangars)
(Rear of 184-foot demountable hangar)
(184-foot demountable hangars, control tower in background)

Sunday, 4 Jun 2006

Beale AF Missile Site #1 (851-A)
(Gate)
(Orientation targets)
(General view)

Beale AFB
No photos - active installation.

Lincoln Communications Annex
(Access road and building)
(Building and small tower)

Lincoln Communications Site (GWEN 849)
(Equipment shelters and tower)
(Gate and tower)

Stead AFB, Nevada
(Building)
(Building and control tower)
(Control tower)
(Rear of hangar)
(Grandstands for air races)
(Rear of hangar)
(Barracks)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-16)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-16)
(Building)
(Building)
(Hangar and control tower)
(Rear of hangar)
(Barracks)

Sunday, 11 Jun 2006

Air Force Plant #70
No photos - couldn't get a good view.

Camp Kohler
No photos - active installation.

Davis GLOBECOM Transmitter Annex
(Gate)
(Building)

Mather AFB
(Elevated water storage tank)
(Fuel cell maintenance dock)
(Fuel cell maintenance dock, hangar, and maintenance dock)
(Maintenance docks)
(Rear of maintenance dock)
(Rear of maintenance dock)
(Rear of maintenance dock)
(Rear of maintenance dock)
(Maintenance dock and hangar)
(Hangar)
(Warehouse)
(W.W.II hangar)
(Ammunition storage buildings)
(Ammunition storage buildings)
(Ammunition storage building)
(Large W.W.II hangar)
(Elevated water storage tank)
(Double-canteliver hangar)
(Double-cantilever hangar)
(Double-cantilever hangar)
(Double-cantilever hangar and fire protection water storage tank)
(Hound Dog missile engine test cell)
(Hound Dog missile engine test cell)
(Hound Dog missile engine test cell)
(Hound Dog missile engine test cell)
(Hound Dog / Quail missile service shop)
(Hound Dog / Quail missile service shop)
(Hound Dog / Quail missile service shop)
(Hound Dog missile run-up shop)
(Hound Dog missile run-up shop)
(Building)
(Fire station)
(POL area storage tanks)
(Warehouse building)
(Large W.W.II hangar)
(Large W.W.II hangar)
(Large W.W.II hangar)
(SAC alert aircraft parking area "Christmas tree" and security watchtower)
(SAC 70-man "molehole" readiness crew building)
(SAC 70-man "molehole" readiness crew building)
(SAC 70-man "molehole" readiness crew building)
(SAC 70-man "molehole" readiness crew building)
(SAC 70-man "molehole" readiness crew building)
(SAC alert area power plant and security watchtower)
(SAC alert area power plant)
(SAC alert area security watchtower)
(SAC alert area power plant)
(SAC alert area taxiway)
(SAC alert area taxiway)
(Three-building dormitory)
(Three-building dormitory)
(Center of three-building dormitory)

McClellan AFB
(Large hangars)
(Water storage tanks)
(Control tower)
(Maintenance docks)
(Rear of maintenance dock)
(Rear of row of maintenance docks)
(Elevated water storage tank)
(Octagonal building)
(Large hangar)
(Double-cantilever hangar and fire protection water storage tank)
(Double-cantilever hangar)
(Double-cantilever hangar)
(Hangars)
(Unusual hangar)
(Unusual hangar)
(Flightline)
(AN/FPS-117 radar)
(AN/FPS-117 radar)
(AN/FPS-117 radar)

Travis Air Defense Missile Site (BOMARC)
(General view)
(Sign)
(Building)

Tuesday, 13 Jun 2006

Beale ILS Outer Marker Annex
(Gate)

Beale TVOR Annex
(Gate)

Thursday, 15 Jun 2006

Fort Barry
(Early barracks)
(Base End Station)
(Base End Station)
(Skysweeper gun location)
(Battery Mendell)
(Battery Mendell)
(Battery Mendell)
(Battery Mendell)
(Battery Mendell)
(Battery Elmer Wallace)
(Battery Elmer Wallace)
(Battery Elmer Wallace)
(Battery Elmer Wallace)
(Battery Elmer Wallace)

Fort Cronkhite
(Barracks)
(Barracks)
(Distant view of barracks compound)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)
(Battery Townsley)

Hamilton AFB
(Hangars)
(Hangar interior)
(Hangar sign)
(Control tower)
(Control tower)
(Hangar / control tower)
(Remodeled hangar)
(Remodeled hangars)
(Building)
(Building)
(Theatre)
(Theatre)
(Officers Club)
(Officers Club)
(Building)
(Building)
(Hangar)
(Hangars)
(Hangars)
(Dedication markers)

SF-88A
(General view)
(General view with Battery Mendell in background)
(General view with Battery Mendell in background)
(General view with Battery Wallace in background)

SF-88C
(Distant view)

SF-87L
(Distant view)

SF-88L
(General view of refurbished magazine)
(Building)
(Radar units, from an Integrated Fire Control site)
(Radar units from an Integrated Fire Control site)
(Warheading building)
(Warheading building)
(Launcher area with missile in firing position)
(Sentry house, with older barracks in background)
(Elevator control equipment)
(Nike Hercules missiles in magazine)
(Magazine elevator and doors)
(Magazine interior)
(Nike Hercules missiles in magazine)
(Nike Hercules missiles in magazine)
(Top of magazine emergency exit)
(Magazine personnel entryway)
(Nike Hercules missile on raised elevator)
(Rails and launchers)
(Nike Hercules missile on elevator, just starting to descend)
(Nike Hercules missile on elevator, descending)
(Nike Hercules missile on elevator, descending)
(Nike Hercules missile on elevator, descending)
(Magazine doors closing)
(Magazine doors closed)
(Entry gate to Launching Area)
(Sentry house at Launching Area entrance)
(Control vans)
(Interior of control van)
(Interior of control van)
(Interior of control van)
(Interior of control van)
(Interior of control van)
(Interior of control van)
(General view of other magazine)
(Magazine rails and elevator interface)
(Nike Hercules missile on elevator in magazine)
(Nike Hercules missile on elevator in magazine)
(Nike Hercules missile in magazine)
(Control room in magazine)
(Closeup of Nike Hercules motor nozzles)
(First aid sign on magazine wall)
(Switches on magazine wall)
(Magazine interior)
(Stairs in magazine personnel entryway)
(Elevator at other magazine)
(Survey marker)
(Launcher and rails)
(Nearby barracks)
(Sign on fence)
(Flammable storage building)
(Cutaway model of Nike Hercules conventional warhead)

Travis AFB
No photos - active installation.

Friday, 16 Jun 2006

Camp Stoneman
(Rifle range target butt)
(Rifle range target butt)
(Warehouse)
(Warehouse)
(Warehouse)
(Warehouse)

Saturday, 17 Jun 2006

Castle AFB
(Elevated water storage tank)
(Chapel)
(Dormitory)
(Parade field)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Operations building and control tower)
(Engine test cell)
(Hound Dog missile engine test cell)
(Hound Dog missile engine test cell)
(Hound Dog missile run-up shop)
(Hound Dog missile run-up shop)
(Hound Dog / Quail missile service shop)
(Hound Dog / Quail missile service shop)
(Hound Dog / Quail missile service shop)
(Engine test cell)
(Engine test cell)
(Engine test cell)
(184-foot demountable hangars)
(184-foot demountable hangars)
(184-foot demountable hangar)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance dock)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance docks)
(Rear of maintenance dock)
(Rear of maintenance docks)
(Rear of maintenance dock)
(Rear of maintenance docks, with double-cantilever hangar in background)
(Double-cantilever hangar)
(Double-cantilever hangar)
(Double-cantilever hangar)
(Double-cantilever hangar)
(Double-cantilever hangar)
(Double-cantilever hangar)
(SAC 70-man "molehole" readiness crew building)
(SAC 70-man "molehole" readiness crew building)
(Distant view of SAC "molehole" and ADC fighter alert hangar)
(ADC fighter-interceptor alert sentry house)
(ADC fighter-interceptor alert hangar, Strobel & Salzman first-generation design)
(ADC fighter-interceptor alert hangar, Strobel & Salzman first-generation design)
(ADC armament storage building)
(ADC armament storage building)
(ADC armament storage building)
(ADC armament storage building)
(ADC armament storage building)
(ADC armament storage building)
(ADC readiness dormitory)
(ADC readiness dormitory)
(ADC readiness dormitory)
(ADC maintenance hangar)
(ADC maintenance hangar)
(ADC maintenance hangar and building)
(Two-bay hangar)
(Two-bay hangar)
(Building, with double-cantilever hangar in background)
(ADC fighter-interceptor alert hangar showing rear of crew quarters)
(Building in ADC area)
(Building in ADC area)
(Building in ADC area)
(Building in ADC area)
(Engine test cell)
(Engine test cell)
(Engine test cell)
(Engine test cell)
(Engine test cell)
(Engine test cell)
(POL area fuel tanks)
(POL area fuel tanks)

Parks AFB
(Building and satellite dishes)
(Distant view)

Sharpe General Depot Field Annex (I originally thought this was Stockton Air Force Station, which is actually a few miles away.)
(Warehouses)   
(Warehouses)
(Warehouses)
(Warehouses)

Stockton Field
(Two-bay hangar)
(Control tower)
(Warehouse)
(Warehouse)
(W.W.II hangar)
(W.W.II hangar)
(W.W.II hangar)
(W.W.II hangar)
(Buildings)
(W.W.II building)
(W.W.II buildings)
(W.W.II building)
(W.W.II building)

Sunday, 18 Jun 2006

T-10C
(Gate and sentry house)
(Buildings from outside fence)
(Gate and sentry house)

T-10L
No photos - couldn't get close enough.

T-33C
(Gate and sentry house)
(General view)
(Buildings from outside fence)
(Buildings from outside fence)
(Buildings)

T-33L
No photos - couldn't get close enough.

T-53C
(From a distance)

T-53L
No photos - couldn't get close enough.

T-86C
No photos - couldn't get close enough.

T-86L
(Gate and sentry house)
(Gate)
 


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