Holloman Hijinks

Copyright 2007-2010, Scott D. Murdock
18 Sep 2010 - Added additional photos. Added Very Large Array and New Mexico Museum of Space History.


Holloman AFB is another of those places I've always wanted to visit.  Well, I finally had my chance! 

Saturday, 28 Apr 2007

El Paso AAFld TX
No photos - part of El Paso International Airport, no W.W.II buildings or structures observed.

Las Cruces AFS NM
(General view of site)
(Recreation building)
(Height-finder radar tower)
(Height-finder radar tower)
(Height-finder radar tower)
(Metal buildings)
(Metal buildings)
(Metal buildings)

Deming AAFld NM
(Elevated water storage tank)
(Row of hangars)
(Row of hangars from across flight line)
(Remains of Norden bombsight building)
(Remains of Norden bombsight building)
(Norden bombsight storage vault)
(Norden bombsight storage vault)
(Norden bombsight storage vault and hangar)
(Building foundation)
(Building foundation showing internal vault)

Deming TARS NM
No photos - active installation.

Elephant Butte SPASUR NM
(Gate and signs)

Kirtland AFB NM
No photos - active installation.

Albuquerque AAFld NM
No photos - active installation (part of Kirtland AFB).

Sunday, 29 Apr 2007

Air Force Plant #83 NM
(Administrative building)
(Administrative building)

Moriarty AFS NM
(Generator building)
(Generator building)
(Operations building)
(Operations building)
(Operations building)
(Operations building interior)
(Operations building interior)
(Operations building interior)
(Operations building interior)
(Operations building interior)
(Building and sidewalk)
(Gate house foundation, buildings in background)
(Building)
(Cable path)
(Buildings)
(Building)

Holloman AFB NM
Holloman is the coolest base I've visited. Highlights included visiting the "Daisy Track" facility (later the primate quarantine facility), finding abandoned static test and rocket launch facilities out in the boondocks, and exploring the legendary high speed test track and it's supporting buildings. On display I observed the Tomahawk Sled, and the Sonic Wind 2004 sled commemorating the rides of Colonel (Dr.) John P. Stapp.

While the original home of the Daisy Track was on Holloman AFB, the actual test track and equipment now resides in the New Mexico Space Museum in nearby Alamogordo. There, the track is reassembled with it's "air gun" equipment in a recreated setting. The museum also displays the Sonic Wind I sled.

Sunday, 6 May 2007

Cloudcroft Satellite Tracking Annex NM
(Gate)
(Access road and sign)
(General view of site)
(Observatory dome)
(Obsolete USAF sign)
(General view from outside fence)
(Main building)
(Main building)

Sacramento Peak Upper Air Research Site NM Originally an Air Force installation, this is now the National Solar Observatory/Sacramento Peak. It continues to operate as a research facility much like it did under the Air Force.
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Evans Solar Facility)
(Evans Solar Facility)
(Evans Solar Facility)
(Evans Solar Facility interior)
(Evans Solar Facility interior)
(Evans Solar Facility interior)
(Evans Solar Facility interior)
(Evans Solar Facility interior)
(Dunn Solar Telescope)
(Dunn Solar Telescope)
(Dunn Solar Telescope)
(Dunn Solar Telescope)
(Dunn Solar Telescope)
(Dunn Solar Telescope)
(Dunn Solar Telescope interior)
(Dunn Solar Telescope interior)
(Dunn Solar Telescope interior)
(Dunn Solar Telescope interior)
(Dunn Solar Telescope interior)
(Dunn Solar Telescope interior)
(Dunn Solar Telescope interior)
(Hilltop Dome observatory)
(Hilltop Dome observatory)
(Hilltop Dome observatory building)
(Buildings)
(Buildings and dome)
(Observatory)
(Observatory)
(Building and structure)
(Quonset hut)
(Quonset huts)
(Grain Bin Dome observatory)
(Grain Bin Dome observatory)
(Main laboratory)
(Main laboratory)
(Main laboratory)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Visitor center)
(Elevated water storage tank)

Saturday, 12 May 2007

Very Large Array NM
This huge radiotelescope facility was never a military installation, but I include it here because of it's "coolness factor" and relevance to space research. Plus you've seen it featured in numerous movies and television commercials.
(Sign)
(Dish)
(Dish)
(Dish)
(Dish)
(Dish)
(Row of dishes)
(Scenic view)
(Dishes and intersection of tracks)
(Maintenance shelter)

Fort Bliss TX
No photos - active installation.

Biggs AFB TX
No photos - active installation (now Biggs Army Airfield).


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