Gerrits Travels – Part 2 – Missiles and Planes at BMEWS Thule Air Base

Thule Air Base – 4683rd Air Defense Wing

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Obviously Thule was an Air Base next to the BMEWS radar station. In the period Gerrit lived here (’63/’65) he was living with 4683rd Air Defense Wing. This unit was formed in 1960 and discontinued in 1965 so Gerrit witnessed most of its lifetime.

Thule Times of 1964 with the Wing Commander and the Base commander

They flew with the Convair F-102, Delta Dagger as pictured below in Thule

NIKE Missile base

I am not sure how secret these things were back in that period but Gerrit was always proud of his Security Clearance (he said the highest a civilian could get). I did not see any of the NIKE missile pictures until after he passed away and I received his box of Greenland pictures….

Several pictures of the NIKE Hercules missiles, ready for action…

Next to the Jets and Missiles there were other planes….

People had to be brought, supplies had to be brought so plenty of other planes on the Air Base like these:

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DC3 and it’s big brother, a C137 Stratoliner

Or Danish visitors:

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Probably a Catalina, adapted with ski’s.

And maybe a supply drop?

 

And of course the Fire Brigade in case of problems….

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And there were helicopters too!

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A HH43 – Huskie Helicopter

With special thanks to Arno for the identification of the planes and missiles!

More to come in Part 3 so stay tuned…

 

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