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Grosse Ile Naval Air Station

The Grosse Ile Naval Air Station was, at the time of its operation, located on the southern tip of the island of Grosse Ile in the Detroit River.  Although this air station is relatively unknown it played a major part…

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Raco Army Air Field and the CIM-10 BOMARC

Introduction: August 6th and 9th of 1945 marked a turning in World War II, and while Japan’s official surrender would not be for nearly a month later the very nature of warfare had changed. Nearly four years after the bombings Hiroshima and…

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Nike Missile Defense System, Site D-06

The Utica Nike Missile Defense site D-06 was part of the most important defense network in America. That network of Nike Missile ranges was tasked with the protection of the Detroit area from Soviet planes carrying nuclear weapons. This article…

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110th Attack Wing

The Michigan Air National Guard is the 110th Attack Wing and located in Battle Creek, Michigan. As most groups have a rich history of military background from the different squadrons they eventually make up the current group with the multiple…

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The Lockheed SR-71B at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo

Introduction This is the Lockheed SR-71B “Blackbird.” It was created in the early 1960’s to replaced the U-2 spy plane (Creating the Blackbird).  It was created with intent to be the fastest and stealthiest spy plane there ever was. This…

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CG-4A WACO Gliders, at the WWII Glider and Military Museum

WACO gliders were first introduced to the battle field of World War II in 1942. These gliders were the most widely used mode of transportation of troops and cargo during WWII. These gliders were made from a wood or metal frame…

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Wurtsmith Air Force Base, a brief history and life on post

Wurtsmith Air Force Base has been an integral part of the United States Air Force from the 1920’s to June 3rd 1993. The base came to be because of chance. If a banker had not taken Lt. Whitehead on a…

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C-45 Expeditor Recovered from Lake Ontario

Flying on a routine Training trip, the C-45 Expeditor carrying four passengers and a pilot had a malfunction on the left engine as it started to fail. All passengers and crew of the plane safely parachuted out as the plane…

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A Cold War Tragedy: B-52C Crash In January 1971

On January 7, 1971 a fireball erupted over the Little Traverse Bay caused by the crash of a Boeing B-52 Model C.  Along with the fireball, a sonic boom carried the remembrance of “Hiram 16”, the call sign for the…

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Russell Military Museum

While driving south on US-41 crossing the border from Wisconsin to Illinois, there sits Russell Military Museum which, as they say, is where history comes alive. With over 300 exhibits at this military museum that include tanks, jeeps, fixed-wing aircraft,…

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