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Effort to Revitalize Former RCAF Base

Vanastra | by Peter Jackson  

Huron East official believes it could provide boost to Vanastra tourism

In the closing stages of the Second World War and through much of the Cold War period, a location in Huron County was one of the most secret assets of the Western Allies.

 Vanastra was home to a military radar installation designed to keep an electronic eye out for incoming enemy bombers and missiles in the pre-satellite age.

 Efforts are being made to turn part of the near-derelict base once known as RCAF Clinton into an attraction aimed at military history and aviation enthusiasts, and other tourists.

 Huron East Economic Development Officer Jan Hawley tells Country 104.9 News that the famous Radome at the former base is the target of restoration efforts.

 She adds the Oud family purchased the radar building last November, with an eye to bringing it back to its original condition.

 Hawley has also done some historical research on the base, delving through paper records at the Department of National Defence archives in Ottawa.

 She contends that when restoration of the Radome is finished, it will be an added attraction for new business and industry.

 Hawley says existing infrastructure in Vanastra will support new housing, industrial and commercial start-ups.

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