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White Alice

10/04/2006 10:17 AM

I came across a recent photo set that shows the remains of a White Alice listening station in Alaska. For those who don't know White Alice was an early warning system designed to detect incoming Soviet aircraft. These types of installations greatly advance our knowledge of communication technology.

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Re: White Alice

10/04/2006 11:08 AM

Wow. That's not any place I'd want to be stationed.

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10/04/2006 11:12 AM

They aren't manned anymore. The really sad thing is most of them are Superfund sites now do the the amount of PCBs and spilled fuel.

On account I read said they wanted to tear down the structures, but locals asked them not to. They are so large they provide the only visual landmark in the areas they are located in and have helped lost people find their way back home.

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10/05/2006 3:14 PM

I very narrowly escaped being assigned as deputy base commander at Clear AFS, Alaska, back about 1980. Always felt lucky about that.

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Re: White Alice

10/05/2006 9:04 AM

Does this bring back memories. I was stationed for one year 140 miles north of the Artic Circle where we had a White Alice site. There were 100 men and a dog named Burney. I think all we were was a trip-wire site, if you know what I mean.

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Re: White Alice

10/05/2006 11:12 AM

I know what you mean, he he, he he he got all the vitamins you need, u got A , B T H & C??

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Re: White Alice

10/05/2006 11:17 AM

I forgot to include the link to the photo's.

Here is the photo set.

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08/01/2007 10:55 AM

I am planning an exhibition about White Alice. I would be very thankful for anykind of information. AG

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Re: White Alice

10/26/2009 7:21 AM

White Alice was not a listening station.

White Alice was not an early warning system designed to detect incoming Soviet aircraft.

White Alice was a Tropospheric Scatter Communication System that connected the remote Aircraft Control and Warning RADAR sites and Distant Early Warning RADAR sites to the outside world. I also carried other government and civilian communication.

I came across a recent photo set that shows the remains of a White Alice listening station in Alaska. For those who don't know White Alice was an early warning system designed to detect incoming Soviet aircraft. These types of installations greatly advance our knowledge of communication technology.

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