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Zach

Posted on 02/12/2014


Photo taken on February  8, 2014



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abandoned
AirCCS
Norton Air Force Base
International Airport
San Bernardino
CA
USA
California
desert
BRAC


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Air Combat Camera Service

Air Combat Camera Service
Interesting how some of the individual characters, in the sign, still look brand new while others are badly weathered (as if they’d been cannibalized from other signs).

In 1959 this building (at the Norton Air Force Base) operated as the home of a Semi-Automatic Ground Environment “SAGE” Data Center (a computer network linking Air Force General Surveillance Radar stations to provide an early warning for a Soviet nuclear attack). It closed in 1966 when its mission was consolidated with the “SAGE” Data Center at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. This location then became the home of the Air Force Audio-Visual Center (the windowless, temperature controlled structure being perfect for motion picture production and film storage). It also housed the Aerospace Audiovisual Service (“AAVS,” AKA: Air Combat Camera Service, or “AirCCS”) which acquired still and motion imagery to support air, sea and ground military operations). They remained at this location until the building was abandoned (when Norton Air Force Base closed in 1994 as a result of Base Realignment and Closure, “BRAC,” action). It is expected to eventually become a museum and television studio for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

34°6'19"N 117°13'5"W

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