Thule Air Base

What is Thule Air Base known for?


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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.

has been a source of friction between the Danish government and the Greenlandic people. Tensions mounted when, on January 21, 1968, there was a nuclear accident (1968 Thule Air Base B-52 crash) — a B-52 Stratofortress carrying four hydrogen bomb (nuclear weapon)s crashed near the base, contaminating the area with radioactive debris. Although most of the contaminated ice was cleaned up, controversy currently surrounds recently declassified information indicating that one

bomber carrying four nuclear weapons '''crashed (1968 Thule Air Base B-52 crash)''' onto sea ice near Thule Air Base, Greenland, causing widespread radioactive (Ionizing radiation) contamination. 1976 – The '''Concorde''' supersonic transports began scheduled commercial flights to London, Paris, Bahrain, and Rio de Janeiro. * January 18–19 (overnight) - A U.S. Navy UH-2 Seasprite (Kaman SH-2 Seasprite) piloted by Lieutenant junior grade Clyde


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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>


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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

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Wing , March AFB (March Joint Air Reserve Base), California * 509th Air Refueling Squadron, c. 17 June 1955 14 September 1955 *: Detached from 96th Bombardment Wing (96th Air Base Wing), Altus AFB (Altus Air Force Base), Oklahoma * 26th Air Refueling Squadron, 9

1955 January, 9 1959 *: Detached from 40th Air

Expeditionary Wing 40th Bombardment Wing , Smoky Hill AFB (Schilling Air Force Base), Kansas 2 Apr 1958, Detached from 100th Bomb Wing Pease AFB New Hampshire * 509th Air Refueling Squadron c. 3


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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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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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in the area in 1917 in connection with the purchase of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Denmark assumed control of the village in 1937. A cluster of huts known as Pituffik ("the place the dogs are tied") stood on the wide plain where the base was built in 1951. (A main base street was named Pituffik Blvd.) The affected locals moved to Thule. However, in 1953 the USAF planned to construct an air defense site near that village, and in order to prevent unhealthy contact with soldiers, the Danish government relocated “Old Thule” with about 130 inhabitants to a newly constructed, modern village 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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0-912799-53-6 USAFHRA Document 00460649 736.xml USAFHRA Document 00461736 Major Army units assigned * 4th Battalion, 55th Air Defense Artillery (4–55 ADA). 1 Sep 1958 20 Dec 1965. (Nike)


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to Soviet Anti-Air Defense (Soviet Air Defence Forces). In 1959, the airbase was the main staging point for the construction of Camp Century (Project Iceworm), some from the base. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Thule Air Base Camp Century information, verified 31 August 2008 Carved into the ice, Camp Century was a scientific (Science) research base. Powered by Nuclear reactor


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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

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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