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  •  When I started flying in Alaska in 1982, (1+ / 0-)
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    King Salmon was the major hub for all the GCI controllers who manned the remote stations all around Alaska. Within a year the remotes were automated and the GCI controller manning was reduced, but still pretty substantial at King. Now I suppose they're almost all gone. I sat air defense alert at both King Salmon and Galena. The only live scrambles I ever got were out of Galena, against Bear bombers. Also, in those days, Shemya was hugely manned, and I spent two weeks there once ... will have to write about that experience some day soon.

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