January 14, 2014

PAFB Museum receives grant

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Air Force Museum is proceeding with the design and development of displays and exhibits in preparation for its grand opening on Saturday, June 7.

The museum has received a grant from the 3,700-member Association of Air Force Missileers for the development and production of a display to showcase the 556th Strategic Missile Squadron and the Plattsburgh area’s Atlas fleet story.

The Atlas missile was the first intercontinental ballistic missile authorized in the United States, and the story of the 556th Missile Squadron started in 1960.

By the end of 1962, the 556th had developed, commissioned and operated 12 Atlas missile installations in communities around Plattsburgh. The Atlas missile fleet was decommissioned in 1965.

Dave Deno, who is manager of the War of 1812 Museum and involved with the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, told the Press-Republican that the $3,375 grant from the Association of Air Force Missileers has a specific purpose.

“This money will go to 25 percent of our (PAFB) museum display space, which will be dedicated to the Atlas missile bases and the people assigned there during the early 1960s,” he said.

For more information on the PAFB Museum, contact Keith Herkalo at 420-7404.

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