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Check Six – 1965: Koko Head AFS

July 26, 2017

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Everyone in Hawaii has hiked the Koko Head Crater trail at least once. It is a steep trek that separates the fit and unfit.

But what are the tracks going up the side of the crater?

The Hawaii Air National Guard operated a radar station on the top of the crater. It was part of Hawaii’s air defense system that still provides 24/7 coverage. Personnel and supplies were transported up the side of the crater on a tram run on those tracks. The 169th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron (now the 169th Air Defense Squadron) relocated to the then Wheeler Air Force Base on July 1, 1965.

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