Mt. Hebo radars 1963

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davidecasteel on December 15, 2008

The radars of Mt. Hebo AFS, Oregon in 1963. From left to right: old AN/FPS-6 tower (no radome); AN/MPS-11 search (soon to be removed); AN/FPS-26 height-finder; AN/FPS-24 search (big dome); and AN/FPS-90 height-finder. Looking north from the access road as it begins to descend the mountain from the southern end of the site.

Howard Ragan on January 20, 2009

I was stationed at MTHAFS from 72-73. After coming in from Holland this was a real change. I worked in GATOR site. My Home town is Florence, 90+ miles down the coast. I PCSd in Aug (?) of 73 and went back to Holland, with Duty in Germany. Mt Hebo AFS was a big Family and everyone pitched in to get any job done. I would gladly go back if it was open. and If I was still in USAF...Retired in 1979! 30474 30470 K7ATU

davidecasteel on January 20, 2009

Howard, thanks for your comments. I was at Mt. Hebo from Feb 1960 through Jul 1962, but I was at Adair AFS 60 miles south from then until Mar 1964, so I made a number of trips back to the Hill to visit friends. I was the Radar Maintenance Officer when the big AN/FPS-24 was built and the first radome was begun; that dome was destroyed before it was completed on 12 Oct 1962 (Columbus Day), but I was already at Adair when that happened. I did get up to see it very soon afterward, though. After 4 years in Oregon, I was sent to Labrador for a year and then I was not involved in radar for quite a while. My final assignment (1977-1980) was in Germany, and I got to visit Holland a couple of times while there. I retired in 1980 and settled in Dallas, Texas.

NedHoward on June 26, 2009

My apologies for the generic request here, but I'm working on a documentary short about Oregon forgotten Cold War infrastructure and could use some assistance. If you served at Mt. Hebo Air Force Station or lived in the area and would be willing to provide an on camera interview, please let me know. It would of course be a big plus if you still live here in Oregon. Interviews will probably take place between September and December of this year (2009).

Also, I'm looking for anyone willing to share photographs and home movies of Mt. Hebo to be used in the film. All material will be returned in a timely fashion, in good condition, and properly credited in the final cut. In the instances of motion picture film, I can provide digital footage when I return the original reels (DVD, MiniDV, etc.) If anyone can help out with interviews or photographic/film materials, please contact me at: ned.howard(at)

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