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IN THE MID-1970s, the U.S.
Air Force was looking for new
airspace in which to conduct
low-level, high-speed training.
Existing routes were being
crowded by urban sprawl,
Victor airways, airport control
zones, and a host of other
factors.
The Upper Peninsula of
Michigan had caught the eye
of someone at the Pentagon
as an area that might still be
on the edge of the frontier,
and could be fertile ground
for such an operation. For
some reason, the National
Guard Bureau down the hall
was brought into the concept;
it then passed this off to the
Michigan Air National Guard,
since it encompassed their
airspace.
At the time, I was your basic
guard bum with the 127th
Tactical Fighter Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base,
seeking a job as an airline pilot
when no one was hiring. The
unit was flying North American F-100s at the time. While I
was officially the wing navigation and life support officer, I
was essentially the gopher for
anything required. Summoned
to the Pentagon, I was assigned
to a six-month temporary
technician position of employment to make the new military
training routes happen.
I sat down with a sectional
chart of the area and drew a
five-mile radius around every
city, town, and village. Next I
included schools, airports, radio
towers, restricted airspace,
state and national parks, and
anything else that could be classified as other than a sparsely

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