Thule Air Base

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Units Besides the three major commands, the Wing directs and supports Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (Cheyenne Mountain) (CMAFS); Thule Air Base (TABG), Greenland; Clear AFS (Clear Air Force Station) (CAFS), Alaska, and Cape Cod AFS (Cape Cod Air Force Station) (CCAFS), Mass. The 21st also provides community support to 302d Airlift Wing (ANG), the 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo and to its neighbors in the Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO) area. Since January 2009, Greenland has been divided into four municipalities: Kujalleq, Qaasuitsup, Qeqqata, and Sermersooq. The large Northeast Greenland National Park is not part of any municipality (unincorporated (unincorporated area)). The Thule Air Base (Pituffik), located as an enclave within Qaasuitsup municipality, is also an unincorporated area and does not belong to any municipality.


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) * Qaanaaq Airport * Thule people * Kee Bird * Camp Fistclench * Alert Airport Canadian References * Balchen, Bernt. ''Come North With Me''. EP Dutton, New York, 1958. * Maurer, Maurer. ''Air Force Combat Units Of World


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. The plotters had warned TWA about bombs on four separate flights, and had demanded a $2,000,000 ransom. "Bomb tears hole in jet at airport in Las Vegas", ''Reno Evening Gazette'', March 8, 1972, p1 *The highest recorded speed for a gust of wind was measured at 207 m.p.h. during a storm at Thule Air Base in Greenland. Christopher C. Burt, ''Extreme Weather: A Guide & Record Book'' (W.W. Norton, 2007), p247 *President Nixon issued


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investigation recommended all C-130s be retrofitted with ground proximity detectors. The crash and rescue efforts were the basis of a film called ''Ordeal In The Arctic'' (1993). left 250px (File:Nord, Greenland.jpg) The station was built by “Grønlands Televæsen” for the Americans during the period of 1952 to 1956 as a weather and telecommunications station, with a runway, ICAO code BGMI. It was needed for more accurate weather reports for Thule Air Base, and also as a base for the Sirius Patrol. The station would serve as an airstrip for aircraft from the US Air Force that operated in the polar region, and for civilian aircraft en route across the North Pole. The construction of Station Nord was undertaken by Danish construction companies and financed by the Danish government, with the Americans contributing to the transportation of equipment from the Thule Air Base and paying subsidies to maintain the operation of the station. Eastgreenland.com Some of the equipment that the US Air Force originally supplied is still in use at the station. Until its closure in 1972 it was run as a civilian base by the Greenland Technical Organisation (GTO). The helicopters, primarily the AS350, are used for special flights, such as search and rescue, air ambulance, Units Besides the three major commands, the Wing directs and supports Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (Cheyenne Mountain) (CMAFS); Thule Air Base (TABG), Greenland; Clear AFS (Clear Air Force Station) (CAFS), Alaska, and Cape Cod AFS (Cape Cod Air Force Station) (CCAFS), Mass. The 21st also provides community support to 302d Airlift Wing (ANG), the 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo and to its neighbors in the Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO) area. Since January 2009, Greenland has been divided into four municipalities: Kujalleq, Qaasuitsup, Qeqqata, and Sermersooq. The large Northeast Greenland National Park is not part of any municipality (unincorporated (unincorporated area)). The Thule Air Base (Pituffik), located as an enclave within Qaasuitsup municipality, is also an unincorporated area and does not belong to any municipality.


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Mountains (research sites), and a research rocket firing site. It also was essential in the construction and resupply of High Arctic weather stations, including CFS Alert and Station Nord (Nord, Greenland). History Location and original population In 1818, Sir John Ross (John Ross (Arctic explorer))’s expedition made first contact with nomadic Polar Eskimos in the area. James Saunders's expedition aboard ''North Star'' was marooned in North Star Bay 1849–50 and named


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weather conditions at Thule Air Base, Greenland *


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in the air, unless unpredictable weather closed Thule. In that case the three tankers and the B-47 had to additionally fly to one of three


community support

the three major commands, the Wing directs and supports Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (Cheyenne Mountain) (CMAFS); Thule Air Base (TABG), Greenland; Clear AFS (Clear Air Force Station) (CAFS), Alaska, and Cape Cod AFS (Cape Cod Air Force Station) (CCAFS), Mass. The 21st also provides community support to 302d Airlift Wing (ANG), the 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo and to its neighbors in the Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO) area. Since January 2009


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defense was reduced during 1965 and SAC (Strategic Air Command) air base defense during 1966, reducing the number of batteries to 112. Budgetary cuts reduced that number to 87 in 1968, and 82 in 1969. **Cobra Dane, Eareckson Air Station, Alaska **Thule Air Base, Greenland **Clear Air Force Station, Alaska In Qaanaaq Inuit (File:Inuit man demonstrates traditional kayaking technique used for hunting on narwhals.jpg) man demonstrates traditional kayaking

technique used for hunting narwhals 200px thumb left The Qaanaaq area in northern Greenland was first settled 2000 BC by the Paleo-Eskimo migrating from the Canadian Arctic. Fortescue, Michael. ''Language Relations Across Bering Strait: Reappraising the Archaeological and Linguistic Evidence''. Open Linguistic Press, Cassell, 1998. ISBN 0-304-70330-3 The town of Qaanaaq was founded when the US extended their current airbase at Thule (Thule Air Base) and the former


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was constructed at "J-Site," northeast of main base. BMEWS was developed by the RCA Corporation in order to provide North America warning of a transpolar missile attack from the Russian mainland and submarine-launched missiles from the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans. At this time, Thule was at its peak with a population of about 10,000. Starting in July 1965, there was a general downsizing of activities at Thule. The base host unit was discontinued. By January

1968, the population of Thule was down to 3,370. On 21 January 1968, a B-52G bomber carrying four nuclear weapons crashed just outside Thule – see below. Thule is the location where the fastest recorded sea level surface wind speed in the world was measured when a peak speed of was recorded on 8 March 1972 prior to the instrument's destruction.

Thule Air Base

name Thule Air Base IATA THU ICAO BGTL elevation-f 251 latd 76 latm 31 lats 52 latNS N longd 068 longm 42 longs 11 longEW W coordinates_region GL pushpin_map Greenland pushpin_mapsize 300 pushpin_label BGTL pushpin_map_caption Thule Air Base location in Greenland website www.peterson.af.mil units 821stairbase metric-rwy Y r1-number 08T 26T r1-length-m 3,047 r1-surface Asphalt thumb 1989 Aerial view (File:Thule Air Base aerial view.jpg) thumb Reconnaissance route from Thule AB to Soviet Union. (File:Reconnaissance.jpg) thumb 74th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-89s, Thule Air Base, Greenland, 1955 (File:74th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-89s Thule 1955.jpg) '''Thule Air Base''' or '''Thule Air Base Pituffik Airport''' east of the North Magnetic Pole.

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