Radars at Hebo 66

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Steve Weatherly on October 30, 2011

Clinton Arens. An excellent reunion and very well attended by over 100. We had great weather and took advantage of it with trips to Mt Hebo and the local area. The absence of any of the old radar site buildings was a downer. We all engaged in pointing out where we thought they had been. Not much debris left, but there is part of the foundation for the FPS-24/FPS-27 search radar Radome Support Structure, some manholes, wire, and part of the covered cable trench to the GATR site on Little Hebo. I was at Mt Hebo from 65-67 and was the Radar Maintenance Officer plus many other duties including Material Control Officer. Steve 689th Radar Sq 65-67.

dragonhyde on November 24, 2011

Does anyone remember my father William Cook? he retired in 1967 while stationed at Mt, Hebo.

Steve Weatherly on December 2, 2011

I do not recall SMS Cook who retired at Mt Hebo in 1967. I left that summer for Texas A&M to get an AF sponsored masters degree in computer science. He must have worked for Mr. Knowels in Civil Engineering (CE). Among my duties was Radar Maintenance Officer and we did work closely with the CE folks to maintain the FPS-24 search radar. CE staff did the maintenance on the water cooling portion of this huge radar system.

Badbob on January 9, 2013

I was stationed on Hebo from early 1962 thru late 1964. I was in radar maintenance but spent most of my time in MCC. Some of the people I remember (in no particular order); Maj. Robinson, SSgt. Madden, MSgt. Smith & TSgt. Smith (brothers), SSgt. Ron Dominic, Tom Robinson, 'Boze' Baltzly, Gene Beck, Keith Raile, Bill Denny, PT Foster, Bob Ford, Hank Antoline, Joe Harkins and many more I don't recall right at the moment. There were good times and bad, mostly good. I have vivid memories of the first bad storm (Columbus Day), the wind was really bad, tore the anemometer right off the pedestal. I also remember the many trips over to Tillamook for R&R. Steve and David have given us some great pictures. Thank you both.

dcracing on January 21, 2013

Steve, I was stationed at Mt Hebo AFS from 1966 to 1970. I was in radar ops until I cross trained into Anti-Jam operator. I was the crew chief on duty in 1969 when the @4 bubble blew off the mountain. Our wind guage peaked at 139 knots and the lst the prop. I really enjoyed my time on the mountain and I also worked a part time job driving the contract bus between shifts. I also was trained to run the squadron dory that took folks out salmon fishing during the summer months. I served under Col. Reil and Col Warren.
Doug Thompson

Steve Weatherly on January 21, 2013

Doug - I enjoyed my tour at Hebo and it went by very quickly. I count the dory as a real plus for the unit. It took skill to ride the surf up onto the beach. On our first use of the dory we managed to get the squadron p/u stuck in the sand because we were not far enough up on the beach. Steve

davidecasteel on December 12, 2013

The site did not look like that when I was there (Feb 1960-Jul 1962). There were not nearly as many of those sewer-pipe covered walkways back then--just some short sections between Ops and the radar towers. The Cantonment Area buildings were somewhat connected with straight-walled covered walkways, though. When I arrived, the AN/FPS-24 had not even begun construction--that area was bare (but had previously contained a tower for a second AN/FPS-8 search radar, I've been told). I was at Adair AFS, Oregon about 60 miles south when the first radome over the AN/FPS-24 was destroyed on Columbus Day 1962--it was only 85% complete at the time and its destruction damaged a lot of the equipment on the Hill.

Steve Weatherly on December 13, 2013

As David reports, the appearance of the Mt Hebo Rsdar Station evolved in many ways. Old radar systems were removed and other systems added. Different radar towers were added and then some were removed. I think some of the highlights of this evolution included the addition of the very, very large FPS-24 radar tower (shown with the black sides in the photo)and then the rise and fall of 3 different huge FPS-24 radomes by 1968 (the last is shown in the 1966 photo). Soon after by 1970 the FPS-27 radar took the place of the FPS-24 but it was installed in the former FPS-24 radar tower. Only the much smaller FPS-27 radome ontop of the FPS-24 tower in photos through 1980 indicates this change. Although narrative descriptions of the ongoing Mt Hebo radar station installations and changes from 1956 to 1984 are hard to find, there are photographs available that illustrate the actual physical changes over time. Putting together this archive of Mt Hebo AFS photos is an ongoing project that is shared by former 689th Radar Squadron airmen and US Forest Service staff of the Siuslaw National Forest.

janie ward on December 17, 2013

I have just found this site while thinking about places my father was stationed while in the Air Force. I have pictures of the the Mt. Hebo site in Aug. of 1959. We lived over a hardware store in Cloverdale. My father's name was Bobbie R. Carter. Does anyone remember working with him? We left Oregon and went to Puntzi Mountain outside of British Columbia, Canada. We were there for a year and a half, and in 1961 my father was stationed at the Navy base in Jacksonville. Great site, the pictures I have show the three bubbles.

janie ward on December 18, 2013

After further research I found that my father Bobbie Carter went from Mt. Hebo to Baldy Hughes in 1959-1961. I have some pictures that I will post later of both places. Thank you.

davidecasteel on December 21, 2013

Janie, Steve and I are attempting to construct a comprehensive Pictorial History of the radars at Mt. Hebo AFS from start to finish. We have very few photos of the time prior to 1960 (when I got there). Would you be willing to share those with us? I promise that proper attribution will be made in the document.

Badbob on December 30, 2013

I hope everyone connected from our time on Hebo had a wonderful Christmas and will have a great New Year. Bob Tillon (Tilly)

jenniferx4 on September 24, 2014

hi my name is Jennifer brooks and my father was C.B. brooks if anyone has pictures of him while stationed at MT Hebo please post or send them to me,I went to school in Hebo and we lived in town ..I miss it so much thank you

Steve Weatherly on September 24, 2014

For Jennifer. I checked the roster on radomes.org/museum for the 689th Radar Squadron and did not find an entry for CB Brooks or Karen Durham. Give me your time period at Mt Hebo and I can check with others. I do see a Jerry Walker on the list from Jan to Nov 69. I was in Hebo on 8 Aug 14 and saw the new interpretive sign about Mt Hebo AFS provided by the US Forest Service. If you have an opportunity to go there it is on the Mt top and overlooks the meadow where the main site was located and includes photos, text, and a timeline. There is a picture of this sign on Panoramio along with the other photos of Mt Hebo AFS.

Slacker John on October 27, 2014

My father worked for RCA in the mid 60's. We lived in California, but in about 1965 he had an assignment at Mt. Hebo. I was about 5 years old, but vividly remember our family "vacation" in Hebo. Seems like we were there for at least a week. Anybody remember my dad, John Wilent? He drove a black 1964 Buick Electra.


I now live about about 15 miles from there.....

John Wilent

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