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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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Selfridge Air National Guard Base in the Interwar Period

Following the conclusion of World War I, Selfridge Air Field had a very uncertain future.  Originally, Selfridge Air Field was purchased by the Packard Motor Company in 1916 to begin developing aircraft engines for the fighter planes being used to…

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Colonel Demus T. Craw Medal of Honor Memorial

Header image, above, property of 7&4 News (http://www.mohcraw.com/images/monument.jpg) More than half a century after his death, a Medal of Honor recipient was honored for his valiant sacrifice. Born on April 9, 1900, Colonel Demus T. Craw grew up in Long…

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Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the Rise of US Air Power

In 1909, the United States Army Signal Corps contracted with the Wright Company, and purchased its first airplane. In a makeshift airfield just outside of Dayton, Ohio, the newly Army-owned Wright Military Flyer was sent on a successful test flight.…

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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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KI Renovations during the Cold War

County Road 460 was built in 1966 during the Cold War in order to give KI Sawyer an easier access route to highway U.S. 41. The highway went all the way up to Marquette before a primary road was reached…

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Calumet Air Force Station

Introduction The Red Scare, Dooms Day Clock, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. What do all of these have in Common? The Cold War.  Part of the United States first line of Defense during the Cold War was the 665th Radar…

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B-52D Bomber Model 55-0062

B-52D Bomber Serial number 55-0062 currently rests at K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum. This bomber flew training missions out of K.I. Sawyer. This aircraft was initially placed into the Strategic Air Commands inventory in February 1957. It was initially assigned to…

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Crew E180 Memorial at KI Sawyer

The Crew E180 memorial was established to commemorate crew members who were stationed at KI Sawyer that lost their lives after an accident at Dyess AFB in Texas in January 1989. This memorial consists of a boulder with a plaque…

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Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center

The Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena Michigan was first established in 1940. This installation was not always a base, however, as it was originally home to an airport, which was built in 1931. The name of the installation has changed…

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