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1953


" Tornado Alley 1953" Phase 1 ~ Feb - May 1953

 Goodfellow AFB, TX - Jackson, MI - Ellington AFB, TX - Camp Chaffe, AR - Memphis AFB, TN - Smokey Hill AFB, KS - Lake Charles AFB, LA

Purpose: Conduct rawinsonde observations and provide data for severe weather forecasting.

NCOIC at Goodland AFB examining flight equipment prior to release

Personnel releasing balloon for benefit of base inspectors at Goodfellow AFB


"Operation Snowstorm and Coldspot" ~ Wheeler - Sack Airfield, Camp Drum, NY ~ Jan - Mar 1953

Purpose: Augment 25th Weather Squadron for weather support of Army and Air Force winter exercises.

Observer plotting surface map using teletype sequences

Observers operating ditto and facsimile machines

Airman examining teletype sequences

On duty forecaster drawing up surface chart


U.S. Military Academy Cadet Training Course, Eglin AFB, FL ~ Jun - Jul 1953

Purpose: Demonstrate operational capabilities of Air Weather Service and mobile weather operations and equipment.

Vans lined up prior to departure

Interior of rawinsonde van

Display board and entrance to first van

Captain Snyder's narration of mobile weather operation

Display location of vans

Exterior display of equipment

Cadets operating theodolites

Exterior view of display showing package weather station

Interior view of Observer van prior to departure

Interior view of Observer van

Interior view of Forecaster van

Interior view of Forecaster van


A One Day Maneuver, To and from Municipal Airport, Shawnee, OK ~ Feb 1953

Purpose: Conduct a one day maneuver to receive training on convoy procedures and field operation of rawinsonde and pibal units.

Adjusting antenna on AN/GMD-1

View of operating location including vehicles

Theodolite teams ready for operation

Setting up the inflation shelter


"Tornado Alley 1953" Phase 2 ~ Jun - Oct 1953

Huron, SD - Scottsbluff, NE - Waterloo, IA - Camp Chaffee, AR - Goodland, KZ, Smokey Hill AFB, KS - Lake Charles AFB, LA

Purpose: Conduct rawinsonde observations and provide data for severe weather forecasting.

Operator setting up flight equipment prior to release

Examination of incoming signal on recorder roll of AN/FMQ-1

AN/GMD-1A automatically tracking released flight train


Oklahoma State Fair Display ~ Sep - Oct 1953


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