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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 15, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House


This auction is for the 1960 "yearbook" of the "New York Air Defense Sector" of the United States Air Force. The mission of NYADS was to protect over 25 million Americans (in a region that included seven states) from hostile air attack. Basically, to detect and destroy any Soviet air attack of the Wilmington, Delaware to New York City area corridor. The territory ranged from the southern tip of New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware on the south to Pennsylvania and southeastern New York state on the west to Nantucket, Massachusetts on the north.

NYADS included radar sites, fighter and fighter-interceptor groups, missile units and of course, administrative and support groups. NYADS was largely responsible for one of the foundational projects of the computer era: the development of the SAGE, the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment air defense system. SAGE was devised to collect and coordinate all available information on the local air situation and dissemination of battle instructions to defending forces at electronic speeds. Aside from the strategic importance, SAGE set the foundation for mass data-processing systems and foreshadowed many computer developments of the 1960s. The heart of the system, the IBM built AN/FSQ-7, was the first computer to have an internal memory composed of magnetic cores. SAGE also introduced computer-driven displays, online terminals, time sharing, high-reliability computation, digital signal processing, digital transmission over telephone lines, digital simulation, computer networking, and duplex computing.

NYADS included units stationed at Suffolk County, NY, McGuire AFB, NJ, Dover AFB, DE, Andrews AFB, DC, Camp Hero (near Montauk),NY, Gibbsboro AFS, NJ, Highlands AFS, NJ, Montauk AFS, NY, Palermo AFS, NJ.

This book includes individual portraits, base photos, "Activities" photos, "Recreation" photos, etc. of the members of the 46th Air Defense Missile Squadron, the 6th Air Defense Missile Squadron, the 52nd Fighter Group, the 539th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, the 646th Radar Squadron, the 770th Radar Squadron, the 773d Radar Squadron, the NYADS Headquarters and Staff groups. The individual photos seem to include everybody including maintenance, Dispensary staff, Weather staff, the Civilian staff and even IBM Staff and Field Engineers.

This book is in really great condition for its age. The binding and pages are tight. The cover has minimal shelf and corner wear. The graphics are clean and bright. I've flipped through the inside and didn't see any marks, dirt, stains or tears. The only thing I could find was one page that had been dog-earred and I unbent that.

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