Fifty by Fifty

Copyright 2009-2010, Scott D. Murdock
10 Oct 2010 - Added additional photos.
19 Feb 2021 - Separated Plancor 1383 CT from Bridgeport AAFld CT.


When I was 48, I realized I had visited more than 40 of the United States.  It seemed like a good goal to visit all fifty states before I turned fifty years old.  I scrambled to make it happen!  This report summarizes the three trips I took in the last two months before my 50th birthday.  All Fifty States by Age Fifty!

State Number 48:  Kentucky

Friday, 13 Mar 2009

For this trip my friend DG and I flew from Denver to Indianapolis, picked up a Chevy Impala rental, and drove a whopping 9 miles to a convenient motel.  Weather delays made for a long evening, and we didn't get to bed until about 0200.

Saturday, 14 Mar 2009

We slept in a bit and got on the road at 0945. 

Grissom AFB IN  (2146, CTGC)
(
Central steam plant)
(
Central steam plant)
(
Parachute shop)
(
Tower)
(
Tower)
(
Recreation building)
(
Theater)
(
Elevated water storage tank)
(
Chapel)
(
Chapel)
(
Operations building and control tower, view from rear)
(
Operations building and control tower, view from flight line)
(
Operations building and control tower, view from flight line)
(
Operations building and control tower, view from flight line)
(
Operations building and control tower, view from flight line)
(
Hangar)
(
Hangar)
(
Double-cantilever hangar)
(
Double-cantilever hangar)
(
SAC "Molehole" 150-man alert facility)
(
SAC "Molehole" 150-man alert facility)
(
ADC fighter alert hangar, view from observation cab)
(
ADC fighter alert hangar, showing observation cab)
(
ADC fighter alert hangar, showing observation cab)
(
ADC fighter alert hangar, view from taxiway)
(
ADC fighter alert hangar, observation cab and bays)
(
ADC fighter alert hangar, interior)
(
ADC fighter alert hangar, interior)
(
ADC fighter alert hangar, rear view)
(
Building)
(
Building)
(
Building)

Bakalar AFB IN  (1672)
(
Control tower)
(
Control tower)
(
Hangar)
(
Hangar)
(
Historical marker)
(
Chapel)

Freeman AAFld IN
(
Row of buildings)
(
Row of buildings, other side)

We ended the day in Louisville, Kentucky, after driving 333 miles in 9.75 hours.  This was my first time in Kentucky!  State Number Forty-Eight!

Sunday, 15 Mar 2009

Another lazy morning, not on the road until 0845.

Bowman Field KY
(
W.W.II hangar)
(
W.W.II hangar)
(
Pre-war Art Deco airport terminal building)
(
Pre-war Art Deco airport terminal building)
(
Pre-war Art Deco airport terminal building)
(
Pre-war Art Deco airport terminal building)
(
Pre-war Art Deco airport terminal building)
(
Airport terminal building, flight line side showing control tower)
(
Hangar and historical marker)
(
Historical marker)
(
Hangar)
(
Double-bay hangar)

Standiford AFB KY  (7559, WEAS)
AAF Modification Center #9 KY

(We did not see any historic buildings or structures on Standiford or the former modification center)

Fort Knox KY
(Active base - no photos except of the Godman Field historical marker below)

Godman AFB KY
(
Historical marker)
(
Historical marker)
(
Historical marker, other side)

This was a very short driving day, only 169 miles in 7 hours!  We stopped for the night in Whitehouse, Tennessee.

Monday, 16 Mar 2009

Well, the morning starts are getting earlier -- we were on the road at 0815.

Jeffersonville Arsenal IN
(Central building inside quadrangle)

(Central building inside quadrangle)
(Interior of quadrangle)
(Interior of quadrangle)

(Interior of quadrangle)

Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot IN
(Power plant)

(Elevated water storage tank)
(Depot buildings)
(Depot buildings)
(Depot buildings)
(Depot buildings)
(Depot buildings)

Benjamin Harrison AFB IN
(Building)

(Chapel)
(Parade ground and housing)
(Parade ground and housing)
(Parade ground and housing)
(Parade ground and housing)
(Parade ground and housing)
(Parade ground and housing)
(Parade ground and housing)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

Stout Field IN
(Operations building and control tower)

(Hangar)

Tonight's stopping place was Indianapolis, Indiana, after driving 318 miles in 9.25 hours.

Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009

The trip from the motel to the airport was just 9 miles, and the return flight home was smooth.  A nice trip!  Only 898 miles on the Impala (which seemed like a decent little car).  And only two states left!

 

State Number 49:  Minnesota

Friday, 3 Apr 2009

I booked a direct flight from Denver to Minneapolis-St. Paul, arriving in early afternoon.  My rental car for this trip was a Toyota Prius, my first experience driving a hybrid.  I headed north, getting used to the hybrid technology along the way.  I had passed through MSP on several occasions, but this marked my first trip to Minnesota when I ventured outside of the airport.  State Number Forty-Nine! 

Duluth Airport MN  (1507, FMLH)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-10)
(Fighter alert aircraft shelter)
(Hangar)
(Hangar)
(Building)
(Building)

Duluth Missile Site MN  (7146, FMLM)
(Building outside secure area)
(Elevated water storage tank)
(Building and elevated water storage tank)
(Gate)
(Gate)
(Sentry house)
(Sentry house)
(Sentry house)
(Storage building)
(Storage building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Water supply building)
(BOMARC missile shelter)
(BOMARC missile shelter)
(BOMARC missile shelter)
(BOMARC missile shelter)
(BOMARC missile shelter)

(BOMARC missile shelter)

(BOMARC missile shelter)

(BOMARC missile shelter)

(BOMARC missile shelter)

(BOMARC missile shelter)

(BOMARC missile shelter, detail)
(BOMARC missile shelter, detail)
(BOMARC missile shelter, detail)
(BOMARC missile shelter, detail)

(BOMARC missile shelter, detail)

(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

(Warehouse)

(Warehouse)

I stopped for the night at a motel between Duluth and M-SP, logging 289 miles in 6.5 hours.

Saturday, 4 Apr 2009

I hit the road at 0720, after a breakfast of gas station junk food.

Nike MS-90C MN
(View from front gate)
(Radar tower)

(Current sign)

Nike MS-90L MN
(Building)
(Gate)

Monticello Airport MN
(Hangar)
(Hangar, rear view)

(General view)

Nike MS-70C MN
(Radar pedestal)
(General view)
(Buildings)

(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)

(Building)

Nike MS-70L MN
(View from front gate)
(View from front gate)
(Buildings)
(Buildings)

(Buildings)

(Buildings)

(Buildings)

(Sentry house)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

Nike MS-40L MN
(View of gate)
(Sentry house)
(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(Sentry dog kennels)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)
(Building)

Nike MS-40C MN
(View of gate)

Northfield GFA MN  (5266)
(View from road)
(View from road)
(View from road)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(AN/FPS-18 radar antenna reflector)
(AN/FPS-18 radar antenna reflector)

(AN/FPS-18 radar antenna reflector)

Gopher Ordnance Works MN
(Structures)
(Structures)
(Structures)
(Structures)
(Structures)
(Structures)
(Structures)
(Structures)
(Structures)
(Elevated water storage tank)
(Elevated water storage tank)
(Buildings)
(Buildings)
(Buildings)
(Buildings)

(Buildings)
(Buildings)
(Buildings)
(Buildings)

Rosemount Ammo Storage Annex MN  (3658)
(View from gate)
(View from gate)

Minneapolis-St Paul Airport MN  (1494, QJKL)
(Fighter alert hangar, showing rare beveled doors and museum sign)
(Fighter alert hangar, overall view from flight line side)
(Fighter alert hangar, overall view from flight line side)
(Fighter alert hangar, overall view from flight line side)
(Fighter alert hangar, control cab)
(Fighter alert hangar, control cab)
(Fighter alert hangar, control cab)
(Fighter alert hangar, control cab)
(Fighter alert hangar, control cab)
(Fighter alert hangar, door)
(Fighter alert hangar, crew quarters rear view)
(Fighter alert hangar, crew quarters rear view)
(
Fighter alert hangar, detail)
(Warning sign on pavement)

Fort Snelling MN
(Row of buildings)
(Old fort)
(Old fort)
(Old fort and new building)
(Chapel)
(Buildings)
(Buildings)
(Buildings)
(Warehouse)
(Housing)
(Housing)
(Housing)
(Housing)
(Housing)
(Historical marker)

I quit for the day in Minneapolis, after 348 miles in 10.67 hours.

Sunday, 5 Apr 2009

Wow, according to my notes I didn't hit the road until 1100.  No worries, I didn't have much to do before getting to the airport. 

Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant MN
(View from across highway)
(View from across highway)
(Gate)
(Gate)
(General view)

Holman Field MN
(Pre-war Art Deco airport terminal building)
(Pre-war Art Deco airport terminal building)
(Airport terminal building)
(Airport terminal building, seen from flight line)
(Airport terminal building, seen from flight line)
(Airport terminal building, seen from flight line)
(Airport terminal building, seen from flight line)
(Airport terminal building, interior)
(Airport terminal building, interior)
(Airport terminal building, interior)

Army Air Forces Modification Center #12 MN
(View from parking lot)
(View from flight line)

I only drove 64 miles on this day, before an uneventful trip home.  Total drive for this weekend was a mere 721 miles.  My compliments to Enterprise for their great service on both ends of the rental car experience.  (The Prius was fun, by the way, and I averaged 42 MPG on this trip.)

 

State Number 50:  Rhode Island

Friday, 17 Apr 2009

No direct flights this trip.  I flew from Denver to Philadelphia then to Hartford.  My rental car was a Mazda 3, my first time and hopefully my last time in one of those (driver's compartment was too tight, and rearward visibility was horrible).

Hillsgrove AAFld RI  (7592, WVAD)
(Pre-war Art Deco airport terminal)
(Airport terminal)
(Airport terminal)
(Large hangar, side view showing control tower)
(Large hangar, view from street)

I stopped for the night in Coventry, Rhode Island, covering 146 miles in 3.5 hours.  My first visit to Rhode Island!  *drum roll*  STATE NUMBER FIFTY!  WOO HOO!

Saturday, 18 Apr 2009

I hit the road at 0730, heading west.

Groton AAFld CT
(No photos, I didn't see any historic buildings or structures)

New Haven AAFld CT
(Civil Air Patrol building)
(Civil Air Patrol building)

Bridgeport AAFld CT
(Hangar)
(Hangar)

Plancor 1383 CT
(Test Hangar No. 1, seen from rear)
(Test Hangars No. 1 and No. 2, seen from rear)
(Test Hangars No. 1 and No. 2,
seen from across flight line)

Air Force Plant #43 CT  (2531, ACGZ)
(View from south parking lot)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Gate)

(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)

Stewart AFB NY  (1473, WGZP)
(Buildings, SAGE Direction Center DC-2 in background)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-2)
(Dormitory)
(Dormitory)
(Dormitory)
(ADC fighter alert hangar, wide view from rear)
(ADC fighter alert hangar, wide view from rear)
(ADC fighter alert hangar, crew quarters rear view)
(ADC fighter alert hangar, crew quarters rear view)

(ADC fighter alert hangar, wide view from rear)
(ADC fighter alert hangar, wide view from rear)
(ADC fighter alert hangar, wide view from rear)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)

After briefly ducking into New Jersey for a few miles, I stopped for the night in Matamoros, Pennsylvania.  The day's drive was 352 miles in 9.75 hours.

Sunday, 19 Apr 2009

Another 0730 start, and I drove from Pennsylvania into Connecticut before doing a lot of tactical work in Massachusetts.

Westover Communications Facility Annex (Transmitter) MA  (5908, YTQT)
(View of gate)
(Wider view of gate)

Westover AFB MA  (1028, YTPM)
(Chapel)
(Chapel annex)
(Flight line gate)
(Maintenance hangar)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance docks)
(Maintenance docks)
(SAC "Molehole" 70-man alert facility)
(SAC "Molehole" 70-man alert facility)
(SAC "Molehole" 70-man alert facility)
(SAC "Molehole" 70-man alert facility)
(SAC "Molehole" 70-man alert facility)
(SAC "Molehole" 70-man alert facility)
(SAC "Molehole" 70-man alert facility)
(SAC "Molehole" 70-man alert facility, view from inside through non-historic window)
(ADC fighter alert hangar)
(ADC fighter alert hangar)
(ADC fighter alert hangar)

Stony Brook AFS MA  (4571)
(Building)
(Building)
(View towards Westover AFB flight line)

Westover Communications Facility Annex #2 MA  (1035, YUDJ)
(View of southern portion of site)
(View of northern portion of site)
(Signs for both portions of site)

Chicopee Outer Marker Annex MA  (1029)
(View of gate)

Westover ILS Outer Marker Annex #1 MA  (5901, YUDC)
(View from west)
(View from southwest)

Westover Comms Anx #1 MA  (5902, YTRN)
(No photos, a crowded new residential area blocked access.)

Westover Communications Annex #3 MA  (7494, YTRT)
(View of gate, earth-covered building in background)
(Building outside fence)
(Building outside fence)
(Building outside fence)
(Antenna tower above facility)

(Gate)

Westover Communications Annex #2 (GLOBECOM) MA  (5903)
(View of compound from north)
(View of compound from southwest)
(View of compound from east)
(Current sign, access road in background)

(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

This was the longest day of the weekend at 424 miles in 10.5 hours.  I must be getting mellow as I reach the half-century mark.

Monday, 20 Apr 2009

I pulled the chocks at 0705 for the trip south to the airport, detouring in West Springfield to spend a few hours visiting with an old buddy of mine.  I covered 1,015 miles on this weekend. 

The flights home were tolerable and I only drove 91 miles in 6 hours before flying home.  This trip accomplished my "All Fifty States by Age Fifty" goal, with two weeks to spare!


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