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Location DB > United States > Hawaii > Hawaii (Big Island) > Morse Field / South Point Air Force Station
Morse Field / South Point Air Force Station
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created by ThePhonedude on 6/25/2019 5:18 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 3/24/2021 1:22 AM
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Abandoned structures and land used by the US Air Force.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  •  Interesting Features
    Some structures are still standing (barely) but mostly just foundations, and some nice ocean views.

    This is also the most southern point in the US 50 states.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1941
    Closed: 1953
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    In 1941 construction was underway on five buildings, runways, and access roads at Morse Field. Activities were centralized at this airport inasmuch as its location shortened by approximately 200 miles (320 km), from a routing through Oahu, the transpacific air ferry route to Australia and the Philippines. Construction work, originally under the Zone Constructing Quartermaster, was transferred to the District Engineer in late 1940. A total of $1,534,793 was requested from the War Department in May for completion of the project; this amount later increased to $2,020,000.

    The work on runways at Morse Field was suspended shortly after the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Hawaii, and all adjacent landing areas demolished and the strip destroyed as a precautionary measure against enemy use. By 28 December 1941, gasoline storage facilities were complete, a water line installed, and mobilization buildings were more than half finished. These projects were all that were deemed appropriate for continuance at the time.

    Blocking of landing areas on the island occupied large amounts of time and manpower due to the extensive areas involved and the comparatively smooth surfaces surrounding the field, which could be used as landing fields.

    After World War II it was declared surplus and on January 16, 1948, a right of entry from the U.S. Army to the Territory of Hawaii was approved. It was not until August 30, 1952 that the property was finally restored to the Territory by Executive Order.

    South Point Air Force Station
    In December 1964, General Bernard A. Schriever of the AFSC announced that the Air Force would assume control of space tracking and communications from the Navy at South Point on 1 February 1965. Then on 30 September 1965, the Station was closed.

    It was later reopened, however, in support of Project Have Lent, a sounding rocket probe program to evaluate advanced ballistic reentry system experiments. The close proximity and aspect angle of South Point to the optical site sensors located on the island of Maui were the primary reasons for launching the probes from this location.

    In 1979, the Station was divided in two parcels located about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) apart, containing approximately 5.9 acres (24,000 m2) each. One of the sites was the main operations area, while the other areas was used for a boresight tower.

    The Station was under the operational control of the Space and Missile Test Center (SAMTEC).

    South Point AFS was one of the few Air Force installations in the State of Hawaii that did not fall under the control of the 15th Air Base Wing at Hickam AFB. It belonged to the Air Force Systems Command (AFSC), with headquarters at Andrews AFB.

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    South Point
    Tue, Jun 25th, 2019
    posted by ThePhonedude
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 3/24/2021 1:23 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 24 21 at 1:23, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 24 21 at 1:22, Emperor Wang changed the following: History, Web Links
  • on Mar 24 21 at 1:21, Emperor Wang changed the following: Display Name, Interesting Features, Description
  • on Jun 26 19 at 2:16, Steed validated this location
  • on Jun 25 19 at 5:43, ThePhonedude made this location available
  • on Jun 25 19 at 5:43, ThePhonedude reordered images in gallery South Point
  • on Jun 25 19 at 5:42, ThePhonedude updated gallery picture DSCN0134.JPG
  • on Jun 25 19 at 5:42, ThePhonedude updated gallery picture DSCN0131.JPG
  • on Jun 25 19 at 5:40, ThePhonedude added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 25 19 at 5:33, ThePhonedude created a new gallery
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