Dive deep into Cold War history…for there are secrets underground…
During the height of the Cold War, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) built two operations centres deep underground. These amazing facilities, located in North Bay, Ontario, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, were feats of engineering and a fascinating part of military history.
“Below!” shares the history of the engineering, computer technology, and operational history of both the Canadian and American complexes.
Members of the Military Communications and Electronics Branch were critical to air operations during the Cold War period. As part of Canada's contribution to NORAD, C&E Branch personnel were assigned responsibility for the Regional Operation Control Centre (ROCC) in the underground complex at Canadian Forces Base North Bay. Commanded by a Communications and Electronics Engineering officer (CELE, Royal Canadian Air Force) the SAGE (semi-Automatic Ground Environment) Support Unit played a little-known, but vital role in the defence of Canada.
The Military Communications and Electronics Museum is proud to host this travelling display from the Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence and has it integrated into the equipment utilized by C and E Branch members during their time at the underground complex.