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Travis Air Force Base, Rocket Checkout & Assembly Building, W Street, Air Defense Command Readiness Area, Fairfield, Solano County, CA



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Travis Air Force Base, Rocket Checkout & Assembly Building, W Street, Air Defense Command Readiness Area, Fairfield, Solano County, CA

Location
Air Defense Command Readiness Area, Fairfield, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2669-Q
Significance: The ADC Readiness Area at Travis Air Force Base (AFB) offers an extremely coherent cluster of buildings and structures. It occupies a segregated site on the base and is easily recognized as a readiness area supportive of a Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) alert hangar. The cluster possesses a strong quality of time and place, with few exterior modifications to its buildings and no site infill post-1960. Of the installations surveyed for Air Materiel Command by Geo-Marine during 1995-96, only this readiness area maintains its historic coherence. The ADC readiness area is physically, and in terms of its Cold War mission, complementary to the presence of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) bomber and tanker compounds (Buildings 810 and 1175) of the same period at Travis AFB. The readiness area, including Building 1212, is interpreted as potentially eligible under Criterion C, as an excellent example of the programmatic ADC readiness area, built in a standardized configuration throughout the United States and at selected installations, of a highly tactical role in U.S. Air Force air defense during the 1950s. The ADC readiness area at Travis AFB is unique in that it has the entire 1952-1958 evolution of munitions storage structures, including Buildings 1206 and 1212. The ADC readiness area is also interpreted as eligible under Criteria Consideration G for demonstration of exceptional significance for properties less than 50 years of age.

Related Names
Snyder, John, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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