Workers are tearing down the 50-year-old building that was once the headquarters of the 509th Bomb Wing on the grounds of the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, N.H. The Pease Development Authority is selling the property on which the building stood to the Great Bay Community College in the expectation that the college will expand at some point, reported Portsmouth’s Seacoastonline.com. The building was one of the few remaining originals from Pease’s time as a Strategic Air Command installation, according to the website. The 509th BW moved to Pease in August 1958. The SAC base closed in early 1991 as part of BRAC. The wing now operates B-2 bombers at Whiteman AFB, Mo.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.