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The original Manzano underground nuclear storage facility, located in the northeastern portion of Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, began its construction in 1947, the very same year that the Sandia Laboratories were established.
It was also a coincidence that the Air Force was established in 1947, together with the CIA and NSA.
The best panoramic view of this entire complex is from Mesa Del Sol, not too far from Albuquerque’s airport (Sunport).
Direction….go south on I-25, exit at Rio Bravo, make a left.
Go right on University all the way to Mesa Del Sol. Park your vehicle in the back of the Community Building (Glass Building).
Walk eastward for about 200 feet.
You will already have a great panoramic view of the whole Manzano/Sandia Base.
In 2013, I had a unique opportunity to explain to Anthony Bourdain (CNN’s Anthony Bourdain PARTS UNKNOWN, New Mexico Episode) the importance of the Sandia/Manzano Base of Albuquerque – even though we did not have a chance to take him to Mesa del Sol to view the entire panoramic view of the base from a distance
Going back to the original location:
(Click above photo for enlargement – – excellent, distant panoramic view of the entire Manzano-Sandia Base inside Kirtland Air Force Base, taken from Mesa del Sol by Carl Willis)
This spot above is exactly right next to Ground Zero where on May 22, 1957, an Air Force plane accidentally dropped a Hydrogen Bomb while trying to land at Kirtland Air Force Base.
This exact spot is about 4 miles south of Kirtland Air Force Base’s control tower. Fortunately the mechanism to explode the nuclear bomb was not connected at that time.
The Air Force completely covered this incident up, until 1986 when L.A. Times obtained this information through the Freedom of Information act.
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