2. Arriving on Shemya! This is a picture taken of a Reeve's Aleutian Airlines Lockheed Electra, just arriving on Shemya, sitting on its tail as a result of a heavy gust of wind (not uncommon on Shemya!). Some thought it was the fact that the cargo door was open and the wind caught it, setting the plane on its tail. The new arrivals didn't think much of this exercise! 1975-1976 (George Smith, Coord M10)
3. Building 600, dedicated in January of 1961, was home to most of the island's inhabitants while I was there in 1975. Beats the tents the GIs used during WWII. This fairly thick concrete structure contained not only the living quarters, but a store (BX), a small bar, laundry facilities, administrative offices, and the mail room. (George Blood, Coord K5)
4. You could hear the waves moving these rather large rocks (10" diameter is common) from Bldg. 600. When the seas get a little rough you can hear them tumbling over themselves from a good distance. (George Smith, Coord G3)
5. This is a picture was taken in 1965-1966 from atop of Shemya's FPS-17 antenna, looking over a FPS-80 Radome towards Bldg 600. Rick says they worked 7 days a week, 12 hours a day...helped pass the time. (Courtesy Rick Hughes, Coord L3)
7. There's a number of interesting field pieces remaining on Shemya from WWII (the big one). This one's by the Terminal building. A trip to the junk yard as well as various other locations around the Island will reveal several remnants from the war. Bet you don't find antiques like this around your town? (Courtesy George Blood, Coord M10) Note: For more information on this gun, click HERE.
8. This is but one of several WWII bunkers located on Shemya. The view is towards the ocean. I wondered if it was ever put to use? An enemy would have to be out of their minds to attempt a landing by boat. Maybe it was enemy aircraft they had their sights on? (George Smith, Coord X10 or W10)
9. The Shemya Blue Fox was introduced to the island many years ago, and multiplied like rabbits to reach a population of several thousand. Like tiny dogs, they were ever present when there's food around, always curious, always fun to watch! (Coord R7) (George L Smith)
10. The Blue Fox are not necessarily shy. Cautioned as we were, there's still the temptation to treat them like pets. Here's one nibbling on a homosapien shoe (George's!) (Courtesy George Blood, Coord J5)