Category Archives: Kirtland Air Force Base

When an H-Bomb Dropped near Albuquerque

Albuquerque has long had a nuclear legacy. One part of it was the time when a hydrogen bomb was accidentally dropped in Albuquerque. On May 22, 1957, a B-36 bomber was flying from Biggs Air Force Base in Texas to … Continue reading

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Recent news on lasers

The Air Force once canceled an Airborne Laser program that was mostly run out of Kirtland Air Force Base via the Directed Energy Directorate. But it seems they are getting back in the market for laser weapons: From Defensetech.org:  Contracts … Continue reading

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Starfire Laser Weapon Facility at Kirtland

This article from the New York Times gives information about the Starfire Optical Range at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. Originally a government observatory it has been revealed recently that it has been used as a laser weapon facility. … Continue reading

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Compact, Portable, Pulsed Power and UNM

I wrote previously about UNM’s involvement with pulsed power research, specifically the E-Bomb. Here’s some more detailed information about one consortium where UNM was the lead university directing this research. In June of 2001 UNM received a grant from the … Continue reading

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Tidbits

From Military.com: Kirtland Air Force Base: Kirtland AFB would like to welcome you to New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment.” Kirtland AFB is the third largest installation in the Air Force Material Command (AFMC). The base occupies over 52,000 acres … Continue reading

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Modern New Mexico Shaped by Big Military Projects – NMBW

This article from the New Mexico Business Weekly earlier this year gives an overview of how the economy and society of modern New Mexico was shaped by the military colonization of the state.  The nuclear and high tech research brought … Continue reading

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The National Atomic Museum

This is a postcard from the National Atomic Museum in Albuquerque, back when it was based on Kirtland Air Force Base.  I went there once when I was younger going with my dad.  It was one of the few places … Continue reading

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