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A November 2001 aerial view by Gary Dikkers looking west at the remains of the Bong runway.
Three circa 1960 aerial views of the newly-constructed, massive runway at Bong AFB, ( taken from a
440th Airlift Wing C-119 (via MSgt Brady Kiel).

According to Scott Murdock, this property was originally known to the Air Force as the Kansasville Area.
It was redesignated Richard Bong Air Force Base on December 1, 1955, and was intended to be an
Air Defense Command interceptor base.
The Air Force chose the Bong AFB location to defend Chicago & Milwaukee from Soviet bombers. As
part of the effort by Strategic Air Command to disperse the strategic bomber force,
SAC assumed jurisdiction, control, and accountability of Bong from ADC on June 5, 1957. The base
was assigned to the Eighth Air Force, and SAC's 4040th Air Base Squadron was assigned as the
base housekeeping unit on August 1, 1958.
The base & the squadron were transferred to Second Air Force on January 1, 1959. SAC may have
intended to station B-58 Hustler supersonic bombers at the base.
By 1959, a massive runway (15/31, 12,900' long) had been graded & the subsurface prepared, and a
few buildings had been constructed. However, construction was suddenly halted on October 2 1959, a
mere three days before concrete was to be poured along the huge runway,
and the base was declared excess on August 23, 1960.

The earliest depiction of Bong AFB which has been located as a set of 3 circa 1960 aerial views of the
newly-constructed runway taken from a 440th Airlift Wing C-119 (via MSgt Brady Kiel). The photos
depicted a massive paved runway with a parallel runway & a single paved parking apron. There was
no indication of any buildings having been constructed at the airfield.
Secretary of the Air Force James Douglas explained that
"Finally we realized that by 1961-62 when Bong would be ready, we would have several other medium
bomber bases empty of squadrons & we really don't need Bong."

Thus Bong AFB was abandoned before ever being placed into service.
During the 1960s, the aborted AFB property was used
as a training site for Special Forces units headed for Viet Nam.
The site was depicted as "Aband arpt" on the May 1970 Milwaukee Sectional Chart (courtesy of John
In 1974 the state bought the 4,515-acre property of the former AFB, and it became the Richard Bong
State Recreation Area, the state's first recreation area.
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