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1957 - Part 2


(Continuation of 1957 Part 1) " Operation Grapple" (British Name) - "Dovecot" (U.S. Name) - Weather Collection Squadron, Provisional - Part 2

Purpose: Provide ground and upper air weather support for thermonuclear weapons testing and monitoring.

Palmyra Island Site Pictures

Aerial view of Palmyra - Camp to right of picture cannot be seen.

Aerial view showing runway as aircraft enters final approach.

Aerial view with campsite at center. Inlet channel at top right.

"Bonus" flights carrying VIPs helped carry additional supplies to the camp.

Fishing parties were common at Palmyra. MGen Todd (2nd from left) visited for a day of fishing.

Crash boat was used by all personnel for recreation purposes.

Awaiting arrival of an aircraft. Personnel stood by for immediate offloading.

This building was used as a barracks and sectioned off into rooms. Hot and cold water were available.

This building was the Palmyra mess hall, the recreation hall and all purpose meeting place.

The two cooks were A1c Robert Couran and SSgt Blount Bunn. They provided very adequate meals.

Distilled water was produced by this portable unit and stored in trailers.

Radio vans AN/GRC-26 were established to provide communications and MB-5 power units provided power for the island.

Weathermen A2C Donald Fisher, A2C Robert Slupikowski and A2C Karl Doughty are working up a run.

Weather station release site with AN/GMD-1A rawinsonde and inflation shelter in background.

Maintenance work area for both weather and AACS equipment.

Radio homer beacon for Palmyra. Generator on left powered the beacon facility.

Tower was used as homer beacon early in project but problems cause beacon to be moved.

Interior of the homing beacon.

Stand-by homing beacon located at transmitter site.


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