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    SYNOPSIS: AN OTIS AIR FORCE BASE, MASS., HELICOPTER CARRYING AIR FORCE OFFICIALS APPROACHES TEXAS TOWER THREE FOR A FINAL INSPECTION.

  • Description

    SYNOPSIS: AN OTIS AIR FORCE BASE, MASS., HELICOPTER CARRYING AIR FORCE OFFICIALS APPROACHES TEXAS TOWER THREE FOR A FINAL INSPECTION. THE TOWER LOCATED 62 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NANTUCKET ISLAND OFF MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE DECOMMISSIONED FEBRUARY 28. THE THREE-LEGGED SILENT RADAR SENTINEL, ONE OF TWO SUCH STEEL ISLANDS OF THE AIR DEFENSE COMMAND, HAS PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN GUARDING AMERICAN SHORES AGAINST SNEAK AIR ATTACK FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS. TEXAS TOWER TWO, SOME ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY MILES EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, IS BEING DECOMMISSIONED IMMEDIATELY. RADAR COVERAGE OF THE TEXAS TOWER AREA IS PRESENTLY BEING DONE BY RC-121D AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING AND CONTROL AIRCRAFT. THEY ARE SOON TO BE REPLACED BY THE MORE SOPHISTICATED EC-121H PADAR CONSTELLATIONS, A MODIFICATION OF THE PRESENT AIRCRAFT. SOME NOW. OPERATIONAL ARE OPERATED BY PERSONNEL OF OTIS AIR FORCE BASE, COMMANDED BY COLONEL RUDOLPH B. WALTERS OF THE 551ST AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING AND CONTROL WING.

    DIVERS PREPARE TO DESCEND TO INSPECT THE TOWER CAISSONS SOME EIGHTY FEET BELOW THE TOWER PLATFORM AND REPORT EHIR FINDINGS TO AIR DEFENSE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS AT ENT AIR FORCE BASE, COLORADO, COMMANDED BY LIEUTENANT GENERAL ROBERT M. LEE. MARINE ENGINEERS AND DIVERS, D. K. PATTON (WITH HAIR) AND JACK MOHRBECH, THE DIVING TEAM ARE REPRESENTATIVES OF H. M. TIEDEMANN AND COMPANY OF NEW YORK CITY.

    AIRMEN ASSIGNED TO THE TOWERS FROM THE 4604TH SUPPORT SQUADRON (TEXAS TOWERS) FROM OTIS AIR FORCE BASE PREPARE TO LOWER A LIFEBOAT FOR THE DIVING INSPECTION.

    WITHOUT COMMENT
    SCUBA DIVERS WILL INSPECT THE CAISSONS WHICH ARE TEN FEET IN DIAMETER AND EIGHTY SEVEN TO THE OCEANFLOOR BELOW. EACH CAISSON IS BURIED IN APPROXIMATELY FIFTY FEET AND ENFORCED IN SAND AND ROCK. TWO LEGS HOLD THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF FUEL. THE THIRD LEG CONTAINS SEA WATER WHICH IS CONVERTED TO FRESH WATER BY STILLS AT THERATE OF 2,000 GALLONS PER HOUR.

    MORE THAN AN HOUR IS NEEDED TO INSPECT THE CAISSONS WHICH ARE CHECKED FOR EROSION. THEIR REPORT WILL BE FORWARDED TO AIR DEFENSE COMMAND FOR FINAL DISPOSITION A CREW OF SEVEN AIR FORCE PERSONNEL ARE REMAINING ON THE TOWER UNTIL DECOMMISSIONING BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 28.

    PATTON AND MOHRBECH DISCUSS THEIR FINDINGS AFTER BEING IN THE WATER FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR.

    THE FIRST MAN TO LEAVE THE TOWER IS TECHNICAL SERGEANT FREDERIC E. MOSHER, A TOWER ELECTRICIAN, IS ONE OF THE FIRST MEN TO LEAVE UNDER THE DECOMMISSIONING ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE AIR FORCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6DWSYI9D6C4OJ4KUYSNG5SLPB
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DWSYI9D6C4OJ4KUYSNG5SLPB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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