Author Archives: KyleMizokami

Medium: Scrapped: The Naval Parade That Brings Military, Civilians, Together

My article on the cancellation of San Francisco’s Fleet Week 2013 and the growing military-civilian divide. Alameda Naval Air Station and the Concord Naval Weapons Station were located in the East Bay. Slightly farther afield was Hamilton Air Force base … Continue reading

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F-104 Starfighters over the Bay Bridge, 1959

Two U.S. Air Force F-104 Starfighters over the Bay Bridge, 1959. These F-104s were probably assigned to the 83rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Hamilton Air Force Base.

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USS Robert E. Peary, San Francisco Bay

USS Robert E. Peary, a Knox-class frigate, with Transamerica Pyramid in background.

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U.S. Military to Recruit at San Francisco’s Gay Pride Festival

Iron in War was on vacation last week, but there was a curious and important development in civilian – military relations in San Francisco: the military showed up at the Gay Pride parade and celebration. From an article written before … Continue reading

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U.S. Pacific Fleet lights up San Francisco Bay at Night, 1920s

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Are there nuclear weapons in the Bay Area? Yes

The Center for Arms Control and Proliferation has a new Google Earth-based map locating nuclear weapons in the United States. “Are There Nuclear Weapons In Your Neighborhood” lists one site in the SF Bay Area: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which … Continue reading

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Periscope Photographs of San Francisco Bay

Over at SFGate, Peter Hartlaub has discovered a series of photographs taken from the periscope of the U.S.S. Catfish (SS-339) of San Francisco. Catfish, a Balao-class submarine, was built by Electric Boat of Groton, Connecticut in 1944. Catfish conducted a … Continue reading

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The Day the Navy Bombed Market Street

Military aircraft often drop dummy training ordnance during practice flights. Sometimes the bombs accidentally fall on cities, like San Francisco. In July 1963, a U.S. Navy A-4 Skyhawk flown by U.S. Naval Reservist Lieutenant R.A. Kiner accidentally dropped a training … Continue reading

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U.S. Navy Martin XPB2M-1 Mars flying over the Golden Gate Bridge, 1945

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Martin B-10′s over San Francisco’s Haight, 1938

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