We left Denali National Park on a very sunny and almost cloudless day.
It was very hard not staying another few days, hoping to see the "Big One."
That's what the Alaskans call Mount McKinley.
In fact, I kept thinking about it as we were driving to Fairbanks and forgot to look for the Clear, Alaska turn off. The only thing at Clear is an Airforce station. It has the BMEWS, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, radar and some of the NASA Satellite tracking systems. It is located only one mile off of the road between Denali and Fairbanks.
GE built and installed (late 1950's) the BMEWS radars (FPS-17 & FPS-79) in Shemya, Alaska; Clear, Alaska; Tule, Greenland; and Turkey. Shima and Turkey were to monitor Russian test launches. Clear & Tule were for early warning of over the pole missiles aimed at the US. I worked modifications to the Shemya & Turkey radars. In the 1960's, GE lost the support contract for Clear & Tule to Federal Electric.
When I was in Chile I worked on NASA Satellite tracking systems which are also in Clear.
All of these systems use very large antennas (the smallest being an 85 foot dish) and I was hoping to see them from the road.
One of the first things we did at Fairbanks was to take a riverboat cruise.