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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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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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The Military Road

From Fort Wilkins, near Copper Harbor, MI, to Fort Howard in Green Bay, WI runs the Old Military Road. This road was built to connect the two forts during the Civil War for rapid reinforcements. Although used to connect the…

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CIM-10 BOMBARC Missiles at Raco AAF

The Cold War period following WWII had the entire country on edge at the idea of full-on nuclear war. Strategically speaking, concern of attack would be on military installments, industrial areas, and major urban centers. But in a small area…

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Staff Sergeant Floyd Erickson

Born January 28, 1922 in Gwinn, Michigan, Floyd Harry Erickson is my great uncle, and a veteran of World War II. He served in the 10th Mountain Division from January 1943 and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant near the…

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Kincheloe Air Force Base SAC Time – Tales of a Mechanic

Kincheloe Air Force Base was heavily involved in providing B-52 Bombers to patrol the world over to protect the US from enemies abroad by projecting military influence.  The mechanics who worked on these flying fortresses had the incredible task of taking…

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The Soo Locks in WWII

The Soo Locks played a critical role during World War II as the passageway through which 90% of the nation’s iron ore was shipped. As the war escalated paranoia grew that the Locks would be targeted by German saboteurs or…

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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 Keweenaw Waterway: Alternative Military Action

 Introduction Similar to the Panama Canal or Cross Florida Greenway is the smaller, and less known Keweenaw Waterway. An artificially produced cross peninsula body of water constructed in part by the Army Corps of Engineers. Located in Michigan, the canal…

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Lockdown: The Story of the Soo Locks and WWII

The United States’ victory in World War II can be attributed to any number of strategic, tactical and technological developments, though it has often been observed that the United States’ industrial might significantly influenced the War’s eventual outcome. This “industrial might”…

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