From: Allen Thomson ([email protected]) Subject: COBRA TALON, COBRA SPOT Newsgroups: rec.aviation.military, sci.space.history Date: 2003-12-09 10:44:16 PST Some time ago I noted that http://www.aia.af.mil/homepages/ho/70s-2.cfm says, The 6300th Support Squadron (later redesignated 6300th Aerospace Support Squadron) was activated at Ko Kha, Thailand, on 1 July 1971 to support Cobra Talon. and asked, inter alia, what Cobra Talon is/was. Some possible light on Cobra Talon now comes from http://www.dposs.com/k9/t_kokha.htm Ko Kha Royal Thai Air Station Ko Kha is on the Bangkok-Chiengmai railway and at the junction of highways to Chieng Mai and Chiang Rai. A small Royal Thai Air Station was the location of a radar station for the Spacetrack System. The station tracked People's Republic of China missile launches and southerly launches from the Soviet Union from Sep 1971May 1976. No Security Police military working dogs were ever assigned. Links of Interest To Non-VSPA Internet Pages 17 Space Surveillance Squadron Sep 197131 May 1976 That link 404s, but, happily, this one doesn't: http://afhra.maxwell.af.mil/wwwroot/rso/squadrons_flights_pages/0017spss.html 17th Space Surveillance Squadron Lineage Constituted 17th Surveillance Squadron, and activated, on 1 Nov 1966. Organized on 1 Jan 1967. Inactivated on 31 Dec 1969. Redesignated 17th Radar Squadron on 20 May 1971. Activated on 1 Sep 1971. Inactivated on 31 May 1976. Redesignated 17th Surveillance Squadron on 28 Dec 1981. Activated on 1 Aug 1982. Inactivated on 1 Jun 1989. Redesignated 17th Space Surveillance Squadron on 25 Oct 1993. Activated on 15 Nov 1993. Assignments Air Defense Command, 1 Nov 1966; 73d Aerospace Surveillance Wing, 1 Jan 196731 Dec 1969. Fourteenth Aerospace Force, 1 Sep 197131 May 1976. 3d Air Division, 1 Aug 1982; 1st Space Wing, 1 May 19831 Jun 1989. 73d Space Group, 15 Nov 1993. Stations Moorestown, NJ, 1 Jan 196731 Dec 1969. Ko Kha RTAS, Thailand, 1 Sep 197131 May 1976. San Miguel, Philippines, 1 Aug 19821 Jun 1989. Edzell AFD, Scotland, 15 Nov 1993 . Aircraft None. Operations Operated a radar sensor for the USAF Spacetrack System, Nov 1967 Dec 1969. Tracked People's Republic of China missile launches and southerly launches from the Soviet Union, Sep 1971May 1976. Provided low-altitude space surveillance, Aug 1982May 1989. Operated sensors for the Low-Altitude Space Surveillance System, Nov 1993. Honors Service Streamers. None. Campaign Streamers. None. Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 14 Sep 1973 17 Feb 1975; 1 Aug 198231 Jul 1983. But there is no rest for the weary, and in looking around for Cobra Talon, I found a list of names, http://www.dior.whs.mil/peidhome/guide/mn02/WEAPON-CODE-SEARCH.PDF that includes COBRA SPOT along with better-known USAF COBRAs. I never heard of Cobra Spot; anybody here know about it?