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9. USAF - Clinton Sherman

Last modified: 16 Jun 2022
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Country: United States    Region: Oklahoma

Latitude: 35° 21' 12" N     Longitude: -100° 47' 20" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed

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3520'27"N 9911'57"W Former Clinton Sherman airbase (now Clinton-Sherman Industrial Airpark)
Former Naval Air Stn Clinton was taken over by USAF and became ops in 1955.
Based: SAC B52 4123 Strategic Wing (1959-1963) and SAC B52 70th Bomb Wing (1963-1969).
Both units manned in 24-hour watches a socalled "Xmas Tree" at grid 3521'38"N 9911'35"W This was a standby area containing 8 nuclear-loaded B-52s ready to rock. Each carrying 4 nuc gravity bombs and later on 2 additional 'Hound Dog' standoff nuc missiles.
The near "Mole Hole" at grid 3521'33"N 9911'46"W was the underground crew alert facility for the standby force.
Base disbanded 1969

B52 with nuc Hound Dog missile http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/B-52_and_AGM-xyz_Hound_Dog_%285088359000%29.jpg

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