Montana Shakedown

Copyright 2011, Scott D. Murdock


I've long wanted to head up to Glasgow, Montana, but it's way off the beaten path. This trip was intended to be a couple months earlier, and would have been the shakedown cruise for my new Outback; but due to flooding in parts of Montana I slipped the schedule a couple months. But I liked the title so it stuck! All visits on this trip are in Montana.

Thursday, 28 Jul 2011

I made an early start from Denver, heading north into Wyoming. I stopped for the night in Buffalo, after covering 405 miles in 6.5 hours.

Friday, 29 Jul 2011

I rolled out at 0700 and headed north, heading to the northeast corner of Montana.

Glasgow AAFld MT This bomber training base was in service from late 1942 until late 1944, serving as a sub-base or satellite to Great Falls AAFld. I was told a Norden bomb sight storage building still stands, but I was unable to get close enough to find out for sure. Located at 48-12-50, 106-36-55.
(Concrete buttresses from W.W.II hangar)

(Water storage tank)

Glasgow AFB MT (3349, HYTF) This base was built for Air Defense Command, but the mission soon changed and Strategic Air Command took over. The base was active from about 1955 until 1976. Most of the base, including the flight line, is controlled by Montana Aviation Research Company, and they do not welcome tourists. Located at 48-25-10, 106-31-25.
(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(Headquarters building)

(Headquarters building)

(Chapel)

(Chapel)

(Control tower)

(Parachute loft)

(Elevated water storage tank)

(Elevated water storage tank)

(SAC maintenance docks)

(School)

(Dormitories)

(Dormitories)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Building)

(Family housing)

(Family housing)

(Family housing)

(Family housing)

(Family housing)

(Family housing)

I settled into a motel in Glasgow for the night. This was a 9.5 hour day, covering 496 miles.

Saturday, 30 Jul 2011

I made a leisurely 0730 start, heading west.

Great Falls Communications Annex MT (8206, JKRY) This communications facility was in service from 1960 until 1984, first under Air Defense Command (until 1979) then Tactical Air Command. Located at 47-34-47, 111-13-24, this was an annex of Malmstrom AFB, serving the long-range radar site there.
(View from gate)

(Distant view, possibly showing a corner of the Air Force building behind a newer metal building)

Stockett Communications Site GWEN 654 MT (WHYJ) This site, with the standard 299' tower, was in use from the late 1980s until the late 1990s. Located at 47-18-13, 111-10-21, it was also called Great Falls on some lists.
(General view)

(Equipment shelters)

(Tower base)

(Tower)

(Top of tower)

Blue Angels As I walked from my car to my hotel near the Great Falls airport, the C-130 Fat Albert over flew the hotel parking lot at low altitude. I knew this could only mean one thing, so I quickly checked in and returned to the parking lot with my camera.
(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

(General view)

This was a 7.5 hour day, covering 355 miles.

Sunday, 31 Jul 2011

I headed north at 0800.

Conrad Ground Jammer (20GJ1) MT (EHUK) Activated on 1 Sep 1990, and disposed of on 25 Aug 1994, this site supported Conrad Radar Bomb Scoring Site. Located at 48-03-32, 111-34-53.
(General view)

(Gravel pad)

(Center catch from entrance gate)

Malmstrom Safeguard Perimeter Acquisition Radar (PAR) Site MT Acquisition began in 1970, and construction was halted on 27 May 1972. Reported excess on 15 Feb 1974, the property was conveyed to private owners starting in 1978. Compared to the briefly-operational Safeguard site in North Dakota, this site would have been the equivalent of the current Cavalier AFS ND. Located at 48-17-16, 111-20-33.
(General view)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(Partially-constructed building)

(General view of building opening)

(General view of building opening)

(General view of building opening)

(Building interior)

(Building interior)

(Building interior)

(Building interior)

(Building interior)

(Building interior)

(Building interior)

(Building detail)

(Building detail)

(Concrete pad)

(Concrete pad)

(Water site showing open reservoir, covered reservoir, and building)

(Water site showing covered reservoir and building)

(Water site building)

Malmstrom Safeguard Water Booster Station #1 MT One of two water pump stations supporting the component installations of the Safeguard system, this one was built adjacent to the access road of Malmstrom AF Missile Site Q-12.
(General view)

(General view)

(General view showing power feed)

(Closeup view of vents)

(Closeup view of vents)

I returned to Great Falls for the night, covering 304 miles in 9 hours.

Monday, 1 Aug 2011

I motored out of Great Falls at 0700.

Lewistown AAFld MT Located at 47-03-00, 109-27-45, quite a few original buildings remain from this airfield's W.W.II service. Like Glasgow AAFld, this was a bomber training sub-base or satellite of Great Falls AAFld. The two-vault Norden bomb sight storage building is the best example I have seen!
(General view of buildings)

(Norden bomb sight storage building)

(Norden bomb sight storage building)

(Norden bomb sight storage building)

(Norden bomb sight storage building)

(Norden bomb sight storage building)

(Norden bomb sight storage building)

(Norden bomb sight storage building)

(Norden bomb sight storage building)

(Norden bomb sight storage building detail)

(Norden bomb sight storage building detail)

(Norden bomb sight storage building detail)

(Norden bomb sight storage building detail)

(Hangar)

(Hangar)

(Hangar)

(Hangar)

(Hangar detail)

(Hangar detail)

(Crew chief building)

(Crew chief building)

(Armament building)

(Armament building)

(Operations building)

(Operations building)

(Operations building)

(Operations building)
(Operations building and Norden bomb sight storage building)

(General purpose shop building)

(General purpose shop building)

(Training building)

(Training building)

(Camouflage building)

(Pre-war hangar)

(Pre-war hangar)

(Elevated water storage tank)

(Buildings)

(Heavily-modified building)

(Heavily-modified building)

(1942 fire hydrant)

(1942 fire hydrant)

I made it to Buffalo, Wyoming, in 8.5 hours and 424 miles. I stayed in the same motel -- and the same room -- as I did a few days ago.

Tuesday 2 Aug 2011

This was a 6.5 hour driving day, covering the 405 miles to home. Total trip was 2,389 miles.


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