Sunday, September 29, 2013

Kingsley Field, Oregon

The claim: Klamath Falls, 425

What it really is: The Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base is a former Air Force base that was transferred to the Oregon Air National Guard in 1978.

Clinton-Sherman AFB, Oklahoma

The claim: Clinton, ?

What it really is: Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base was closed in 1969. Today it is the Clinton-Sherman Industrial Airpark.

Altus AFB, Oklahoma

The claim: Altus, 5,982

What it really is: Altus Air Force Base is just your typical Air Force base that after looking at it via Google maps I could find nothing resembling a prison camp.

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

The claim: Dayton, 8,145

What it really is: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a large and historic Air Force base located in Ohio.

The base itself has areas open to the public, including the National Museum of the United States Air Force, and has several thousand civilian personnel working on the base.

The base is also a National Historical landmark.

RMI Titanium Company Extrusion Plant, Ohio

The claim: Ashtabula, 8.2

What it really is: RMI Titanium Company is a private company that manufacture titanium alloys and specialty metals.

Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Ohio

The claim: Piketon, 3,708

What it really is: The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant had previously produce enriched uranium, but is now shutdown and is preparing to be decontaminated and decommissioned.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Newark AFB, Ohio

The claim: Newark, 70

What it really is: The actual name of the facility is the Air Force Metrology and Calibration Program Office, and it is the primary manager of metrology services for the Air Force.

Mound Laboratory, Ohio

The claim: Miamisburg, 306

What it really is: Mound Laboratories was a Cold War nuclear weapons research facility. The facility was declared a Superfund site in 1989, and was eventually cleaned up.

The facility has since closed and is now open for commercial development.

Fernald Environmental Management Project, Ohio

The claim: Fernald, 1,050

What it really is: The Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was a uranium processing plant that made uranium fuel cores for nuclear weapons. The facility closed in 1989 and the surrounding area has since been turned into a nature preserve.

The facility gained notoriety in 1984 when it was learned that the plant had been releasing millions of pounds worth of radioactive dust into the atmosphere, contaminating the surrounding area and costing $4.4 billion to clean up the site.

Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota

The claim: 25 B61-7 gravity bombs; 60 B83 gravity bombs, Emerado, 5,418 (missile field covers an additional 8,500 sq. miles)

What it really is: The Grand Forks Air Force Base is your typical Air Force base out in the middle of no where with nothing that you wouldn't typically find on any other Air Force base.

Cavalier AFS, North Dakota

The claim: Concrete, ?

What it really is: Cavalier Air Force Station is a small Air Force facility with both members from the US and Canadian military stationed there, as well as civilian employees.

The station monitors for and tracks potential missile launches against North America, as well as tracks half of all Earth orbiting objects.

Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina

The claim: Goldsboro, 3,233

What it really is: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is basically your typical Air Force base.

After looking at the base via Google maps I can find nothing there that resembles a prison camp or anything that one would not find on an Air Force base.

Seneca Army Depot, New York

The claim: Romulus, ?

What it really is: Seneca Army Depot was closed in 2000, and is now under control by numerous private industries, and as for the state the site hosts the Five Points Correctional Facility and the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center.

Currently there is much discussion on what to do with the rest of the land, being that much of it is dotted with concrete storage bunkers that were used to store munitions.

Plattsburgh AFB, New York

The claim: Plattsburgh, 4,879

What it really is: Plattsburgh Air Force Base was closed in 1995 and is now a civilian airport called the Plattsburgh International Airport, and a industrial complex.

Niagara Falls Storage Site, New York

The claim: Lewiston, 191

What it really is: The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (it's actual name) is an Air Force reserve base that shares runways with the Niagara Falls International Airport.

Currently the only aircraft stationed at the base are C-130 transport planes.

Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, New York

The claim: Niskayuna and West Milton, 4,070

What it really is: The Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory is a research and development facility dedicated to the research, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the US Navy's nuclear powered warships.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Griffiss AFB, New York

The claim: Rome, 3,896

What it really is: Griffiss Air Force Base closed in 1995 and is now the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. The only military presence that remains is the Rome Research Site of the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the New York Air National Guard.

Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York

The claim: Upton, Long Island, 5,300

What it really is: Brookhaven National Laboratory is a US national laboratory that researches in Nuclear physics, material physics and chemistry, and environmental and biological research.

The site is staffed by approximately 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support personnel, and hosts 4,000 guest investigators every year.

NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey

The claim: Lakehurst, 7,400

What it really is: Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst is the provider of full spectrum support for aircraft launch, recovery and support equipment systems for U.S. and allied Naval Aviation Forces at sea and Marine Corps Expeditionary Aviation Forces ashore.

The base was also the site of the Navy's lighter than air programs (i.e. airships, blimps) and still contains two huge hangers that once housed airships.

The base is also the site of the Hindenburg disaster.

Earle Naval Weapons Station, New Jersey

The claim: Colts Neck, 11,000

What it really is: Earle Naval Weapons Station is a Navy Base with a near 3 mile long pier that is used to load and unload ammunition from warships a safe distance away from the heavily populated areas that surround the base.

Also I imagine the site attracts a lot of site seers as well due to the fact that the base has such a huge pier.

Pease ANG, New Hampshire

The claim: Portsmouth, 229

What it really is: Pease Air National Guard base is a former Air Force base that was taken over by the New Hampshire Air National Guard in 1991 after Air Force closed the base. The base is also the site of a civilian airport and commercial center called the Pease International Tradeport.

Offutt AFB, Nebraska

The claim: (HQ of U.S. Strategic Command), Omaha, 4,041

What it really is: Offutt Air Force Base is the home of the U.S. Strategic Command. This only makes the base more important then most others. It does not mean how ever that this is the site of a FEMA camp.

The base itself isn't that large either, and is bordered by the city of Omaha to the north, along with other residential areas to the west, so it would be pretty difficult to hide a prison camp there.

Lincoln AFB, Nebraska

The claim: Lincoln, ?

What it really is: The Lincoln Air Force base became the Lincoln Air National Guard Base in 1971, and is also a joint civilian airport with the Lincoln Airport.

Whiteman AFB, Missouri

The claim: (200 B61-7 gravity bombs; 50 B61-11 gravity bombs; 300 B83 gravity bombs) Knob Noster, 4,627 (missile field covered an additional 10,000 sq. miles)

What it really is: Whiteman Air Force Base is home 509th Bomb Wing, a bomber wing that operates the the B-2, so it's entirely possible the base has some gravity bombs located on site.

As for the 10,000 sq. mile missile field, this one is false. Such a field would be HUGE, and the base itself is surrounded by a state park to the west, the town of Knob Noster to the north, and farm land to the south and east, not to mention public roads.

Also, looking at this base via Google maps, I can see nothing there that resembles a prison camp.

Kansas City Plant, Missouri

The claim: Kansas City, 136

What it really is: The Kansas City Plant (now known as Bannister Federal Complex) produces 85% of the non-nuclear materials used in the nation's nuclear arsenal, as well as other non-nuclear components for the United States national defense systems.

Besides manufacturing, the Kansas City Plant also provides technical services for testing and analyzing of certain things, such as metallurgical/mechanical analysis and environmental testing.

Destrehan Street Plant, Missouri

The claim: St. Louis, 45

What it really is: While I'm not 100% certain, I believe the site that has been mentioned is a plant owned by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, a company that produces specialty pharmaceutical products.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Columbus AFB, Mississippi

The claim: Columbus, 6,015

What it really is: Columbus Air Force Base is an Air Force base dedicated to training pilots. Half of all Air Force pilots today were trained at this base.

Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan

The claim: Oscoda, 5,221

What it really is: Wurtsmith Air Force Base was closed in 1993 and is now the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport. The site is also a superfund site due to the groundwater pollution, and is currently being cleaned up.

ELF transmitter, Michigan

The claim: Republic, ?

What if really is: The ELF transmitter in Michigan was once used to communicate with submarines, but was dismantled in 2004.

Kincheloe AFB, Michigan

The claim: ?

What it really is: Kincheloe Air Force Base was closed in 1977, and is now known as the Chippewa County International Airport.

White Oak Naval Surface Weapons Center, Maryland

The claim: White Oak, ?

What it really is: The Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland, was closed in the 1990's, and is now run by the FDA.

Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland

The claim: 7,900

What it really is: Naval Air Station Patuxent River is a large Navy base situated on a peninsula at the mouth of the the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay.

While the base does have many buildings on it, none of them appear to be the type one would find on a prison camp. Considering this, and the fact that the base has civilian employees, makes this an unlikely location of a prison camp.

Fort Ritchie, Maryland

The claim: Cascade, 630

What it really is: Fort Ritchie is an Army base that closed in 1998. The former base is now under a mixed-use development plan.

Naval Radio Transmitter Facility (VLF/LF), Maryland

The claim: Annapolis, ?

What it really is: NSS Annapolis is a former VLF and HF transmitter station for the US Navy.

The station was rendered obsolete by satellite technology, and ceased operations. All but three towers were demolished in 1999. The three that remain were left for historical proposes.

Andrews AFB, Maryland

The claim: Camp Springs, 7,550

What it really is: Andrews Fields is the home of Air Force One, and because of this is one of the most watched Air Force Bases in the country. That fact alone would make it impossible to hide a prison camp there.

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

The claim: Aberdeen, 79,000

What it really is: Aberdeen Proving Ground is the Army's oldest proving ground.

While there is a lot of open area around the proving ground, none of it contains anything resembling a prison camp.