Thule Air Base

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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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a part of the NATO defense program. The pact specified that the two nations would arrange for the use of facilities in Greenland by NATO forces in defense of the NATO area known as the Greenland Defense Area. Thule AB was constructed in secret under the code name Operation Blue Jay, but the project was made public in September 1952. Construction for Thule AB began in 1951 and was completed in 1953. The construction of Thule is said to have been comparable in scale to the enormous effort


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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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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.


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. 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


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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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. 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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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.1 B-52 nuclear bomber crash On 21 January 1968, a B-52G Stratofortress from the 380th Strategic Aerospace Wing

Everett Lassen Clyde E. Lassen makes a daring rescue of downed fliers in North Vietnam. For his actions, Lassen will become the only U.S. Navy helicopter pilot to be awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. Chinnery, Philip D., ''Vietnam: The Helicopter War'', Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1991, ISBN 978-1-55750-875-1, p. 91. * January 21 - A United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortress carrying four nuclear weapons crashes

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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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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.

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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