Homestead Air Force Base, located 22 miles SSW of Miami, Florida (25 29' 31.62" N 80 23' 05.00" W) is the home of the 482 Fighter Wing of the Air Force Reserve. (F-16s); operating from an 11,500 ft runway.
In Oct. 1962 this was a major month-long staging base for the contemplated invasion of Cuba. The newly-built B-52H aircraft from the 19th Bomb Wing were evacuated to Wurtsmith AFB, Oscoda, Michigan, where they stood Nuclear Alert. All available concrete parking ramp was then staged with F-100 fighter-bombers armed for ground attack. Army troops with heavy equipment arrived by road, rail, and a vast air-lift; accomodated in a tent city built on all available open space. Many General Officers flew in to "inspect" the build-up (and to participate in this most exciting event: Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis was a very tense confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States over the Soviet deployment of nuclear missiles in Cuba. ...
Sometime after crisis resolution, President Kennedy toured the base in an open car.
The B-52s later returned and intermittently participated in the "Chrome Dome" Mission wherein some flew Airborne Alert 24/7.
Shortly afterwards (1964) the movie "Dr. Strangelove" (how to stop worrying and love the bomb) appeared in movie theaters.
HomesteadAirForceBase (AFB) is located in southern Dade County, Florida, approximately 25 miles southwest of Miami, 7 miles northeast of Homestead, 2 miles west of Biscayne National Park, and 5 miles east of the Everglades.
On September 23, 1993, Homestead AFB was designated (pursuant to the Base Closure and Realignment Act) for closure with a subsequent decision on April 1, 1994, for realignment.
Of particular concern at Homestead AFB are the Boundary Canal which surrounds the base and catches the storm water runoff from the base and the Outfall Canal which drains the storm water from the Boundary Canal into Biscayne National Park.
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