The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 28, 1956 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, January 28, 1956
Page 7
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3ATOHDAY, JANUARY '(Ml-K.) OOTOJER 1UWWS PAQB MVXN ATLANTIC A merica has a new defense arm in a weird-looking contraption standing on three legs in water 50 feet deep, 110 miles off Cape Cod, Mass It is the first Air Force "Texas tower" radar station. Manned by trained Air Force technicians, the tower extends our radar warning network 100 miles offshore. The man-made island doesn't offer much freedom of movement for the 150 officers and men assigned there. You can't walk more than 200 feet in any one direction of the 8000-ton triangular platform. Through its portholes, one can see the grey-blue Atlantic stretching to the horizon, calm at times, rough at others. When the big storms blow up, it's almost complete isolation for the men aboard. It may be days before a relief ship gets through. Getting on and off the platform is a tricky stunt. Passengers are swung in a bucket from the platform deck 81 feet above the water. A 110=foot~eraTT5 directs the bucket onto or away irom a snip. It misses sometimes when the sea is rough. The Air Force plans to use helicopters in the future. The tower, nicknamed after oil drilling rigs off the Texas coast, is a self-contained unit with rows of machinery below decks. Aware that life aboard the tower is no picnic, the Air Force has developed a rotation plan whereby every job has two men assigned. The men swap jobs with a 30-day interval between the tower and the shore radar base at Truro on Cape Cod. What life is like aboard the tower is pictured here. Passengers are transferred by the bucketload from tug to deck of tower STATION CALL. Tug "El Sol" leaves side of tower after unloading cargo and loading passengers Fire control system is studiedbySgt. BobbyTcrrance of Nacogeoches, Tex., and Airman 2/C James Herrington of Texarkana, Tex. Workman Albert V. Derian of Boston-leaves hatch of caisson after doing a job at foot of tower. Machine used to make 2000 gallons of fresh water a fey from sen water. Bill Hyntt Is getting drink. -^OHmMMVIHMMNHMBV*m» yxr*iirv.-t<r i •»•«"•¥. T™™-™.™— — Howard Courtney pours himseVfeup of tea during .working break. H«'s been on tow«r »4i>o« project started out to Mia in July. Huge cup-shaped T antenna, one of three, is put into | position on side of tower. On deck above each will be a radar dome when tower is finished. In tower kitchen, Levi Gardner bakes bread and pies. Kitchen is stainless steel, with most modern electric equipment. Like other parts of tower, it is designed to make life as pleasant as possible at Hie isolated poet. . .>„ Ai . Thl» vycok'a P1CTUIVF. 3HOW b> AP S1»1I Phologtophut 4, WaUor Oreen.

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