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The Withering: Keno Air Force Station

The Withering: Keno Air Force Station

In Klamath County, Oregon, southeast of Medford and just a joyride north of the California border, the United States constructed the Keno Air Force Station in response to a 1953 request from Air Defense Command for more radar coverage in the Pacific Northwest.

The 827th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron started here in 1957 and in 1958, the installation became known as Keno Air Force Station┬áto serve a Ground Control Intercept mission — track incoming aircraft and guide interceptors. The first operational intercontinental ballistic missile launcher would be built in the Soviet Union in 1959, but this was still the time when we feared Soviet bombers flying over our cities and dropping nuclear weapons.

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