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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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History of the K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base

Introduction Driving through the heart of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, just south of Marquette, the winding two lane road leads to gated entrance with a sign that reads “Welcome to the K.I. Sawyer A.F.B.” At one point in time,…

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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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87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

The 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, known by their squadron paint as the “Red Bulls” flew F-106 Delta Darts from their base at KI Sawyer to intercept Soviet ‘Bear’ bombers during the Cold War. Although these bombers never approached the key…

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The Strategic Air Command K. I. Sawyer Air Force

The Strategic Air Command served as a major part of the nuclear deterrent against the Soviet Union and as the striking force for the United States for almost five decades. With many different units and squadrons stationed around the globe,…

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K.I. Sawyer AFB: 473d Fighter Group

The 473d Fighter Group, which called K.I. Sawyer in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula home from early 1956 until late 1959, has been active during the World War II and was even an important part of the Cold War. Throughout its commission, it…

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