I went back to Air Traffic Control in Oxnard, Ca in 1969. After Antigua he went to Jupiter, then Grand Bahama and after that closed, he went back Jupiter at the Jonathan Dickinson Missile Tracking Annex (JDMTA). My dad really enjoyed the work and the people he worked with on the islands upand down the Eastern Test Range. Comments: It was fifty years this month when my new bride of 6 month that we packed all of our belongings in the rear seat of our 1957 Ford and headed for Cocoa, Florida.Two days before I reported to go to work for RCA (on Jan 14, 1956) we checked into the Brevard Hotel until we could get settled into anew "home".I have since returned only once (in 2005)and was so saddened by the condition not only of the base but also Hatchet Bay. from Doe Beadle, the wife of Dale Beadle that Dale has passed away...---------------so sorry to say my beloved husband, Dale Beadle, of 41 years died October 16, 2016. He would want all of his RANGE RAT friends to know.When I was there in '05 the infrastructure was tenuous at best. I love Eleuthera and hope to go back again Someday. We met on GBI and Dale & I were on Grand Turk from 75 to 77.---------------Webmaster Note: Dale wrote this in the Range Rat sign-in Book back in May 2006 about his work downrange: I was an Air Traffic Controller for PA AM from Jan 1974-April 1977.Eventually went back to school for an engineering degree and ended up working for Lockheed in California. Bill Bailey Comments: I worked on GBI and Walkers Cay in the late 50's. My dad (Gen USAF, same name)had lied about my age and gotten me a summer job on the range. I worked for some time for a contractor who delivered supplies to various tracking stations.After sinking went to for work for Pan Am as a security guard.
I made the marker, but the sea took its tole years later.I ws working one of the consoles in what was then Central Control, and witnessed the explosion on closed circuit TV. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then. I have worked at Ascension Radars (1990-1992), Antigua Radar (2006-2010), Patrick Radar (2010-2014), Radar/Command Planner (2014-present).I would not trade my experiences and that career for anything, plus still happily married to the same wonderful love of my life. What a privilege to follow after the trail-blazers of the ER space program! Hope the future generations make you as proud of us as we are of you.He went on to Ascension and GBI before coming up-range to the Tech Lab.He had an Ercoupe air plane in Melbourne that I learned to fly. My first big poker loss, sinking a LCM6 at Walkers Cay delivering a truck crane.