National Geographic : 1955 Nov
ICY GOING FOR SUPPLIES for air-raid warning line. Ship is being freed by icebreaker. TO THE FAR NORTH BY AIR, as well as by land and sea, go supplies, materials and personnel. "WANIGANS"ON THE WAY. They're pre-assembled buildings, carried on tractor-drawn sledges. RUBBER IGLOO FOR RADAR. Strange domes like this protect radar antennas from Arctic storms. New Radar Warning Line will scan Arctic skies Distant Early Warning Line for defense now being built by Bell Telephone System Far up in the frozen north-clear across the Laboratories, the Lincoln Laboratory at M.I.T. top of North America-there's a new air-raid and Canadian scientists. warning line under construction. Western Electric, the Bell System's manufac It is being built by Bell System research, manu- turing and supply unit, did the planning, engi facturing and operating specialists at the request neering and construction of a preliminary pilot of the United States and Canadian governments, project. It is now doing the same over-all job It is a vital and challenging task. Much of for the new extended line from Alaska across the electronic equipment has had to be specially northern Canada, in close co-operation with de developed. All of the equipment, materials, food, fense forces and other governmental departments. fuel and personnel have to be transported thou- The Bell System's ability to meet emergencies sands of miles by land, sea and air to the trackless of this kind when called upon by the Government wastes of the Arctic. Years of work are being is made possible by its research, manufacturing crammed into months of time. and operating units working together as a team. The design and development of equipment for The DEW line is one of many projects in the warning line is the work of Bell Telephone which this teamwork is helping in defense. BELL TELEPHONE SYSTEM _ LOCAL to serve the community. NATIONWIDE to serve the nation.