Almaden Air Force Base, Basik Jaber, Cold War

History of the Almaden Air Force Station

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On April 18, 2018 historian Basik Jaber gave an extended lecture on the history of the Almaden Air Force Base that was operational from 1958 to 1980. The base served as a radar detection site for ballistic missiles coming eastbound.

The original radar building had a detection range of 200 miles, whereas the second radar building had additional radar range. The second building was reinforced with concrete thick enough to withstand an atomic blast.