Theiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 11667 times:
There are a lot of old AFB's that had B-52's at one point or another. In Michigan alone, KI Sawyer and Wurtsmith both were SAC installations with The BUFF's... With Sawyer as one of the last ones deactivated
Minot (ND) and Barksdale (LA) are the only two installations left.
The "Christmas tree" is a large concrete area shaped like a tree, where multiple aircraft could be parked, on alert. They are located at the end of the runway, providing the capability for rapid deployment of multiple aircraft.
JohnM From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 346 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 11620 times:
The Christmas tree at Dover was for a fighter / intercepter squadon back in the good old days. They were the 95th squadron, as this area of the base is still called the "95th" to this day. They had F-106s and I think possibly F-102s before that, but all this was before my time at Dover. They were gone in 1976 when I got here. The old bunker, or "mole hole" is still there also. The X-mas trees were used for air defense units as well. No alert status for C-5s. They don't fit in the X-mas tree, but some small transient aircraft and the aero club use it today.