The Thule Air Base in Qaasuitsup, Greenland is located less than 800 miles from the Arctic Circle. This makes it the northernmost United Stated military installation. Since this base located near the Arctic Circle it faces many weather-related challenges. This base can be accessed for a period of 3 months each year. Food Water and other supplies have to be transported during the summer. Even though the base could be frozen & isolated the 12th Space Warning Squadron uses an early warning system for the Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles at Thule. Space Surveillance Operations are handled by the 21st Space Wing.
The Unique Point[frame src=”https://www.fastaviationdata.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/The-Coldest-Military-Air-Base-in-the-World-2.jpg” width=”300″ lightbox=”on” align=”right”]So what makes this base unique? HNTB’s VP of federal architecture, Brad Schulz had worked at Thule on a dormitory replacement project. The crucial factor that has to be taken into account at this air base is to keep the air troops warm. The construction crews look for the most stable permafrost layers and the structure is built on them.
The Thule base is one of the coldest and toughest to reach military air bases in the world