- Ken O'Brien
- January 29, 2013 - 21:46
Thanks for this great article on a site that is fading from memory as well as fading in reality. It is an excellent link to the Cold War and Newfoundland's role in it. It's a shame that this is not developed as a tourist site with historical storyboards and some signage. As it is, one can no longer drive up there, but the walk is worth it. Our late father worked at the base at Fort Pepperrell (Pleasantville) and used to take us Up to Red Cliff on Subdays, decades later, to have a picnic, walk around, and explore the old buildings and bunkers. Every so often a plane would fly overhead on its way to a landing at the airport. It must have been a grand place in the summer and terrible in the winter for those stationed there. Again, thanks for the article.
- November 06, 2012 - 19:56
Nothing like doing a random google search and pretending that it is research! Glad we cleared up the story about Red Cliff without any actual fact checking.
- John in Whitbourne
- November 06, 2012 - 07:35
As a child, I lived on a Pinetree Line station (RCAF Station Holberg) in the period that Red Cliff was closed. It was closed because of the cost of upgrading to the laterst radars. It wasn't worth spending four million dollars (or so) to upgrade a site that could only see fifty miles further towards Iceland than Gander. The Gander site is still in operation as part of the North Warning System. The air defence system included the US Navy radar planes from Argentia which patrolled between St John's and the Azores on 12 hour missions. There were four radar picket ships on the surface supporting them. Fighters from Stephenville performed the actual air intercepts when called upon by controllers at the radar station.