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
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
by ''Oqaasileriffik'', the Greenlandic language secretariat, located in the ''Ilimmarfik'' university Campus in Nuuk. Following World War II, the United States developed a geopolitical (Geopolitics) interest in Greenland, and in 1946 the United States offered to buy Greenland from Denmark for $100,000,000, but Denmark refused to sell. ref>
of Qaanaaq. The relocation and the fallout from the 1968 Thule Air Base B-52 crash in the vicinity are a contentious issue in Greenland's relations with Denmark and the United States. Air Greenland operates settlement flights to Qaanaaq Airport and to Savissivik Heliport via Thule Air Base.
2010 The twice-weekly flights are subsidized by the Government of Greenland. Transfers at the airbase are subject to access restrictions by the Danish Foreign Ministry (Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Denmark)). Air Greenland Air Greenland operates settlement flights to Qaanaaq Airport via Thule Air Base. ref name "book"
in the sea near Thule Air Base in Greenland. ** 21st Space Wing ** 821st Air Base Group (Thule Air Base, Greenland) * Schriever AFB (Schriever Air Force Base), Colorado * - the first portable nuclear reactor, used near Thule Air Base, Greenland for Project Iceworm from 1960 to 1966 by the Army Nuclear Power Program - see :File:PM2Anuclearpowerplant.jpg
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
Thule is the only Air Force Base with an assigned tugboat. The tugboat is used to assist ship movements in the harbor during the summer, and is hauled onto shore during the winter season. The tugboat is also used for daily sightseeing tours of Northstar Bay during the summer months. Additionally, for a fee, there is a Danish tour boat that runs in the summer months. Thule Air Base has served as the regional hub for nearby installations, including Cape Atholl (LORAN station), Camp Century (Ice Cap Camp), Camp TUTO (Ice Cap Approach Ramp and Airstrip), Sites 1 and 2 (Ice Cap Radar Stations), P-Mountain (radar and communications site), J-Site (BMEWS), North and South 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 (Arctic explorer) John Ross
States Air Force . The population was forced to resettle to Qaanaaq, 67 miles to the north Gilberg (1976) page 86. Hunting activities here are described in the January 2006 National Geographic. ( only 840 NM (Nautical mile) from the North Pole). In 1941, the United States built an air base at Narsarsuaq called Bluie West One, an important link in the North Atlantic Ferry Route. Thousands of planes
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. http
. 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
. The tugboat is also used for daily sightseeing tours of Northstar Bay during the summer months. Additionally, for a fee, there is a Danish tour boat that runs in the summer months. Thule Air Base has served as the regional hub for nearby installations, including Cape Atholl (LORAN station), Camp Century (Ice Cap Camp), Camp TUTO (Ice Cap Approach Ramp and Airstrip), Sites 1 and 2 (Ice Cap Radar Stations), P-Mountain (radar and communications site), J-Site (BMEWS), North and South
of the 55th Artillery, C.A.C. During WWI accessdate 2012-07-13 Accidents *In 1954 a Douglas C-124C Globemaster II operated by US air force crashed on approach to the air base. 10 killed. nuclear bomber crash On 21 January 1968, a B-52G Stratofortress from the 380th Strategic Aerospace Wing
tower , and a 4,000-foot ceiling is advised even for an approach on instruments (instrument flight). *As the extortion plot against Trans World Airlines continued, a C4 packed time bomb was found on a second while the jet sat, unoccupied, at the airport in Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada). Two searches had failed to detect the explosive. The plane had arrived seven hours earlier from New York
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.
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.