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CFS Val d'Or

Last modified: 19 Aug 2019

Country: Canada    Region: Quebec

Latitude: 48° 3' 37" N     Longitude: -78° 12' 51" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


48 3'37"N 7747'9"W Former Canadian Forces Station Val d'Or.
RCAF Station Val d'Or started in 1954 as a fighter-interceptor base intended to protect Montreal and the St. Lawrence River valley and Great Lakes basin against Soviet bomber aircraft. The airfield became a key component in NORAD.

By1964, its mission changed into a FOB.
Aircraft based at RCAF North Bay and RCAF Bagotville were deployed in rotations;
Also RCAF Val-d'Or became home to airborne nuclear weapons (1965-1974) as RCAF CF-101 Voodoo interceptors were fitted with the nuclear tipped AIR-2 Genie.
Video footage of a 2KT nuc Genie detonation overhead The authoritiies stated that it was an air detonation without radioactive contamination. However 2 years later it appeared that the men received a non lethal radioactive dose from drect radiation.

On March 12 1971 a Dull Sword accident with a nuc W25 Genie warhead took place .This is a relatively minor incident without explosion, contamination, or loss of custody After that the base saw its mission gradually decrease during the 1970s and was closed 1980. It has been converted into Val d'Or regional airport

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