Deadhorse (SCC) FSS, Alaska

Deadhorse, Alaska is located well above the arctic circle where the north slope of Alaska meets the Arctic Ocean..
Facility photos
Pre- 2000 photos.
DeadhorseFSS_First_SCC.jpg (29372 bytes) Original Deadhorse FSS facility.  Year unknown.
Deadhorse_IF_First_SCC.jpg (30425 bytes) Original Deadhorse FSS Inflight position.  Year unknown.
Deadhorse_Maint_First_SCC.jpg (30604 bytes) Original Deadhorse FSS equipment room.  Year unknown.
Deadhorse_NewRadar1986.jpg (29918 bytes) Deadhorse FSS new radar construction in 1986.  Old radar in background.
SCCFSS7-77a.jpg (131328 bytes) Deadhorse FSS in the winter during construction of the new radar dome in July 1977.
SCC_FSS11.jpg (129797 bytes) Deadhorse FSS is located in the top floor of this four story tower.  The tower was originally built as a temporary air traffic control facility for one year. however, after the tower was closed, FSS moved into the tower and remained for many years.  This facility was closed in 2000 and equipment and personnel transferred to a new building.
SCC_FSSWinter3.jpg (104675 bytes) Winter can be very dark.  The sun sets in November and does not rise again for 60 days.
SCC_FSSWinter.jpg (36838 bytes) Deadhorse FSS in the winter.
Deadhorse FSS in the winter.
SCC_Toilet2.jpg (80848 bytes) An unusual place for a toilet.  This toilet is located on the second floor next to the supervisors desk.  On occasion the toilet on the ground floor freezes creating a need for an operable toilet.

See above. 1999
SCC_FSSWinter2.jpg (59413 bytes) Deadhorse FSS consisting of four floors.  The first floor contained the entry and bathroom.  It was common for the water and toilet to freeze.  The second floor housed the supervisor, the third contained all the radios, tape recorders, and other electronic equipment.  The fourth and top floor was the FSS operations area. 
Deadhorse FSS in the winter.
View from the Deadhorse FSS (4th floor) looking south.
Entrance to the Deadhorse FSS maintenance building, 1998.
SCCFSS Ops Area-2 Bill.jpg (145469 bytes) Steve Laabs in the operations area of the old facility. 
Steve Laabs in the operations area of the old facility.
OldFSSSCC1.jpg (30272 bytes) Operations area of the old facility, 1998.
Deadhorse Ops.jpg (30466 bytes) Operations area of the old facility.  The large glass windows were designed to sustain 55 mph winds and personnel were required to vacate the top floor when winds exceeded 55.  Winds reached as high as 110 mph but never broke the glass but it certainly could be seen bending.
Operations area of the facility, 1998.
Operations area of the facility, 1998.
Inflight position, 1998.
Inflight position, 1998.
Inflight position and directional finder, 1998.
Equipment room located on the third floor, 1998.
Equipment room located on the third floor, 1998.
Equipment room located on the third floor, 1998.
North side entrance to living quarters.
SCC-Qtrs Common Area Bill.jpg (144665 bytes) Living quarters prior to moving into the new facility.  The living room, bathrooms, and kitchen area are common areas and shared by FSS and AF personnel.  Each person has their own bedroom which contains a single bed, TV, and a closet.
Hallway looking from living room area towards the north exit.
SCC_Bedroom.jpg (30229 bytes) Typical FAA bedroom in the now closed Nana Camp.  FAA FSS and maintenance personnel shared this 10 room trailer during their 1-2 week shift at Deadhorse.
SCC_Kitchen.jpg (30290 bytes) Kitchen at the FAA Nana Camp.
DeadhorseFSS_Bldg.jpg (30659 bytes) The old Deadhorse facility, June 9, 2004, with fencing now in place around the airport.
Gravel roads, typical of the Prudhoe Bay area, connect to all the local oil camps.  Winter travel on these roads during blizzards can be dangerous as visibility is reduced to zero.  Wind-chill temperatures can reach -200 degrees.  The Dalton Highway, another gravel road, is the only road in and out of the Prudhoe Bay area and leads back to Fairbanks, Alaska through the mountains of the Brooks Range. 1999 photo.
Tyson's General Store and US Post Office located in Prudhoe Bay. 1999 photo.
Caribou herding using a DC-6.  Caribou on the airport is a common scene in Deadhorse.  As Caribou move through the area they frequently cross the airport.  1999 photo.
SccArialViewWinter.jpg (29068 bytes) Spring time in Deadhorse, Alaska 
ArcticOcean.jpg (29318 bytes) Arctic Ocean.  During the summer months you can see the ice pack just beyond the shoreline as in this photo.

Construction of the new facility underway in the year 2000.
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NewSCC_FSSview.jpg (31371 bytes) View from the Inflight position facing the runway.
SCC_FSS15.jpg (347600 bytes) A few more days and the sun will rise over the new facility located far left.  Operations commenced December 21, 2000.
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The new FSS facility will house the State of Alaska airport equipment and personnel as well as the new Deadhorse (SCC) FSS and living quarters.  The FSS is located on the second floor.

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The newly completed Deadhorse FSS facility.  Opened for business on December 21, 2000.

Summer photo of new Deadhorse FSS.  July 13, 2004.

Mr. Bear checking out the new FSS facility under construction in early summer of 1999.
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Deadhorse bear fight (1999).

Destruction of the Deadhorse Tower/FSS, July 13, 2004.  Photos are in order of the destruction process, from left to right.
Top row of photos are the last view from the tower prior to destruction.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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