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1967 - Distant Early Warning radar site situated on the remote Greenland ice cap

RADAR SITE IN GREENLAND

E&MP 103.011

Radar

June 9, 1967

A SET FOR A SCIENCE-FICTION movie wouldn't look any more alien than this very real Distant Early Warning radar site situated on the remote Greenland ice cap.

Supplies are delivered to the site by ski-equipped Alaskan Air Command transport planes.

Diesel fuel, vital to maintain a livable environment in this hostile atmosphere is off-loaded from the transports in Uniroyal, Inc. collapsible containers called sealdrums.

Made of rubber reinforced with tough tire cord, Sealdrums operate in a temperature range from -30°F to 165°F.

And, 500-gallon Sealdrums such as those pictured on the sled in the above photo will each hold the equivalent of nine 55-gallon steel drums.

Uniroyal, Inc. (new name of U. S. Rubber) developed the sealdrum concept in cooperation with the U. S. Army.

Sealdrums are now being used by the armed forces everywhere they are stationed from Greenland to Vietnam.

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