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Shemya Alaska Landing
Shemya Alaska Landing
Published: 2015/05/31
Channel: Rick Birt
Cobra Dane Phased Array Radar on Shemya Island, from "Aerospace Power" 1977 US Air Force
Cobra Dane Phased Array Radar on Shemya Island, from "Aerospace Power" 1977 US Air Force
Published: 2016/01/10
Channel: Jeff Quitney
Shemya, Alaska. 2016 Frontline Hangar 6
Shemya, Alaska. 2016 Frontline Hangar 6
Published: 2016/10/09
Channel: KickAPoo Perrins
Eareckson AS, Shemya, Alaska
Eareckson AS, Shemya, Alaska
Published: 2007/12/16
Channel: AKRadarSam
DANCE BATTLE: Haleigh (LYE)  vs Shemya (ATL)
DANCE BATTLE: Haleigh (LYE) vs Shemya (ATL)
Published: 2016/07/20
Channel: Ladia Yates
Shemya F HD
Shemya F HD
Published: 2012/10/21
Channel: emile21becky
Shemya Teaser Trailer 2015
Shemya Teaser Trailer 2015
Published: 2015/04/02
Channel: Pinewood Films
Shemya Trip April 5, 2017
Shemya Trip April 5, 2017
Published: 2017/04/15
Channel: Dennis T
shemya movie 1st
shemya movie 1st
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: MrMarkInAz
Shemya dock fishing
Shemya dock fishing
Published: 2015/07/10
Channel: Big Deliciousband
Shemya AFB Activities
Shemya AFB Activities
Published: 2016/06/01
Channel: Paul Weaver
19760406: Departing Shemya, AK
19760406: Departing Shemya, AK
Published: 2016/07/30
Channel: ColoradoGeorge
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers World War II Moving Image Collection-Shemya
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers World War II Moving Image Collection-Shemya
Published: 2016/02/29
Channel: Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums
Sounds of Shemya or Lack Thereof
Sounds of Shemya or Lack Thereof
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: Paul Weaver
Shemya AFB, Alaska - Video Documentary - Late 1980s
Shemya AFB, Alaska - Video Documentary - Late 1980s
Published: 2015/02/16
Channel: heavymetalcruncher
landing on Shemya, Feb 2007
landing on Shemya, Feb 2007
Published: 2007/02/14
Channel: bigdeliciousband
shemya dock fishing
shemya dock fishing
Published: 2015/07/18
Channel: bigdeliciousband
Shemya Interviews
Shemya Interviews
Published: 2009/08/17
Channel: Xtexascop
Shemya AK, Blue Fox "Scruffy" Encounter
Shemya AK, Blue Fox "Scruffy" Encounter
Published: 2008/01/27
Channel: bigdeliciousband
Shemya Double Dip
Shemya Double Dip
Published: 2017/04/18
Channel: Joel Blasey
Shemya wind
Shemya wind
Published: 2011/03/27
Channel: bigdeliciousband
Shemya Alaska Memories   My tour 1967
Shemya Alaska Memories My tour 1967
Published: 2013/03/13
Channel: James Wilson
SHEMYA AK 92
SHEMYA AK 92
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: loumye
Sledding Shemya AFB 1993
Sledding Shemya AFB 1993
Published: 2015/09/28
Channel: MrMarkInAz
Western side of Shemya Island
Western side of Shemya Island
Published: 2013/09/03
Channel: fogtender
Shemya Wind 2
Shemya Wind 2
Published: 2008/01/27
Channel: bigdeliciousband
landing on Shemya 6 Jan 12.3GP
landing on Shemya 6 Jan 12.3GP
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: bigdeliciousband
American Airlines 175 Emergency Landing Aftermath Shemya Island
American Airlines 175 Emergency Landing Aftermath Shemya Island
Published: 2010/07/16
Channel: Texan in Italy
Shemya AFB
Shemya AFB
Published: 2008/12/06
Channel: megictx
WACS-1 Shemya 1967.mpg
WACS-1 Shemya 1967.mpg
Published: 2010/01/04
Channel: wacsman66
"A Place Called Shemya" (Part-1)
"A Place Called Shemya" (Part-1)
Published: 2008/05/04
Channel: Kingdon Hawes
Shemya AFS, 1962
Shemya AFS, 1962
Published: 2007/03/31
Channel: 43Wimberly
What does the fox say? A little taste test in Shemya, Alaska.
What does the fox say? A little taste test in Shemya, Alaska.
Published: 2013/11/14
Channel: Antoinette Gross
SHEMYA 92
SHEMYA 92
Published: 2008/04/09
Channel: loumye
Shemya Island, AK
Shemya Island, AK
Published: 2013/04/08
Channel: Robert Farmer
Large Waves from Typhoon Nuri in Shemya, Alaska 11-07-2014
Large Waves from Typhoon Nuri in Shemya, Alaska 11-07-2014
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: selanne8kariya9
Shemya movie 2nd   youtube
Shemya movie 2nd youtube
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: MrMarkInAz
Shemya Alaska (2)
Shemya Alaska (2)
Published: 2009/11/06
Channel: David Hardy
Shemya, Alaska, "The Rock"
Shemya, Alaska, "The Rock"
Published: 2010/04/22
Channel: Bob Brown III
Cobra Ball Heritage 1969 Shemya
Cobra Ball Heritage 1969 Shemya
Published: 2015/05/02
Channel: Kingdon Hawes
Hangar on Shemya
Hangar on Shemya
Published: 2013/09/06
Channel: fogtender
SHEMYA AK 92
SHEMYA AK 92
Published: 2008/03/14
Channel: loumye
SHEMYA AK 92
SHEMYA AK 92
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: loumye
SHEMYA AK 92
SHEMYA AK 92
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: loumye
1950
1950's Northwest Plane, Anchorage Airport, Shemya Island
Published: 2010/05/24
Channel: todezwis
Shemya runway
Shemya runway
Published: 2015/08/21
Channel: John Griffeth
Shemya shipwreck
Shemya shipwreck
Published: 2015/08/18
Channel: John Griffeth
Pillbox on Shemya
Pillbox on Shemya
Published: 2013/09/04
Channel: fogtender
Ozzie Commenting on Photos of Shemya Alaska Taken during WWII
Ozzie Commenting on Photos of Shemya Alaska Taken during WWII
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: Mike Shannon
SHEMYA AK 92
SHEMYA AK 92
Published: 2008/03/14
Channel: loumye
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Landsat image of Shemya Island.
Shemya Island north shore

Shemya or Simiya (Aleut: Samiyax̂[1]) is a small island in the Near Islands group of the Semichi Islands chain in the Aleutian Islands archipelago southwest of Alaska, at 52°43′27″N 174°07′08″E / 52.72417°N 174.11889°E / 52.72417; 174.11889Coordinates: 52°43′27″N 174°07′08″E / 52.72417°N 174.11889°E / 52.72417; 174.11889. It has a land area of 5.903 sq mi (15.289 km²), and is about 1,200 miles (1,900 km) southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. It is 4.39 kilometres (2.73 mi) wide and 6.95 kilometres (4.32 mi) long.

The Russian vessel Saint Peter and Paul wrecked at Shemya in 1762. Most of the crew survived.

A United States Air Force radar, surveillance, and weather station and aircraft refueling station, including a 10,000 ft (3 km) long runway, opened on Shemya in 1943 and is still in operation. The station, originally Shemya Air Force Base or Shemya Station, had 1,500 workers at its peak in the 1960s. Observations from Shemya were normally the first radar reports of new Russian satellite launches from Tyuratam (Baikonur) in the early days of satellite tracking; see Project Space Track.

The United States Air Force airborne intelligence platforms "Cobra Ball", "Rivet Amber," and "Rivet Ball" flew intercontinental ballistic missile tracking flights from this island near the Soviet Union, especially the Kamchatka Peninsula, during the height of the Cold War.

In 1956, Northwest Airlines leased Shemya Island from the U.S. government to use as a refueling station on their North Pacific route. According to Northwest's website, that made them "the first airline to operate its own airport."[2]

The station was renamed the Eareckson Air Station in 1993 to honor USAF Colonel William O. Eareckson, who had commanded bomber operations during the Aleutian Campaign of World War II.

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The station still operates as a radar station and aircraft refueling station with a staff of about 180 people. The 2000 census reported an official resident population of 27 persons on the island.

One of the most recognizable features of the island is the COBRA DANE radar system. This radar was built in 1976 and brought on-line in 1977 for the primary mission of intelligence gathering in support of verification of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II agreement.

Shemya was an important outpost during the Cold War. As part of Project Bluegrass, the White Alice Communications System provided a vital tropospheric scatter communications link to the mainland during the early-1960s to late-1970s. Its two 120 ft parabolic reflectors and 50 kW transmitter output bridged the nearly 400 mile gap to Adak, Alaska.

China Eastern Airlines Flight 583 made an emergency landing on the island's airbase in April 6,1993.

The weather on Shemya is very drastic, though the temperatures only vary between single digits to the mid fifties, and the climate is perhaps the most equatorward low-altitude occurrence of a polar climate (ET) in the world, though it is extremely close to a subpolar oceanic climate (Cfc). The island weather is most likely to be cloudy with a mist and the wind is often in the mid 30s to 40 mph. The Japanese current in the Pacific to the south of the island regulates the temperature.

Climate data for Shemya, Alaska
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 44
(7)
44
(7)
43
(6)
47
(8)
48
(9)
57
(14)
64
(18)
61
(16)
59
(15)
54
(12)
48
(9)
48
(9)
64
(18)
Average high °F (°C) 33.8
(1)
33.5
(0.8)
34.8
(1.6)
37.8
(3.2)
41.2
(5.1)
44.9
(7.2)
49.1
(9.5)
51.8
(11)
50.7
(10.4)
45.4
(7.4)
39.1
(3.9)
35.3
(1.8)
41.45
(5.24)
Average low °F (°C) 28.4
(−2)
28.2
(−2.1)
29.3
(−1.5)
32.2
(0.1)
35.8
(2.1)
39.9
(4.4)
44.2
(6.8)
47.0
(8.3)
45.0
(7.2)
39.3
(4.1)
33.1
(0.6)
29.6
(−1.3)
36
(2.23)
Record low °F (°C) 9
(−13)
7
(−14)
11
(−12)
2
(−17)
24
(−4)
27
(−3)
36
(2)
38
(3)
33
(1)
26
(−3)
15
(−9)
7
(−14)
2
(−17)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.52
(64)
2.02
(51.3)
2.04
(51.8)
1.79
(45.5)
1.86
(47.2)
1.84
(46.7)
2.76
(70.1)
3.45
(87.6)
2.92
(74.2)
3.70
(94)
3.79
(96.3)
3.04
(77.2)
31.73
(805.9)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 16.5
(41.9)
14.4
(36.6)
11.1
(28.2)
5.0
(12.7)
1.2
(3)
0.8
(2)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.6
(1.5)
8.8
(22.4)
16.4
(41.7)
74.8
(190)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 inch) 22 20 20 17 16 14 15 17 18 22 23 23 227
Source: WRCC: Period of Record General Climate Summary Table[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bergsland, K. (1994). Aleut Dictionary. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center. 
  2. ^ Northwest Airlines nwa.com - About Northwest - NWA Up Close
  3. ^ "SHEMYA USAF BASE, ALASKA (508419)". Western Regional Climate Centre. Oct 31, 2012. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 

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