Tommy Albert

Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum

By Tommy Albert (CJ 64)

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Gary Cote and Harold Hartman (CJ 65) securing the shock tower that was originally used for parachute training

Who would have ever thought a bunch of rag-tag jumpers could pull this off? But after 10 years of blood, sweat, and laughs, the base has never looked as good. It is now restored to its early 1950’s appearance with all the buildings shingled. The interiors have been refurbished and work continues on the displays.

This will be a never ending project but we have come a long, long way. Though we have a limited budget without the means to formally advertise, word of mouth and the signs posted on Highway 199 keep our visitor numbers increasing each year.

Son of a Beech

Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museums new Twin Beech, June 1 2013 Beech retrieval

Siskiyou Smokejumper Museum's "new" Twin Beech waiting in Bandon for a tow to Cave Junction.

The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base was home to seven different types of jump planes during the near four decades of its existence. The Twin Beech was there the longest, from 1954 until 1974, 20 years. Though it stumbled a few times, overall, it was a steady and reliable workhorse for jump bases throughout the west.

The newly established Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum is fast becoming a popular tourist stop and the visitors thoroughly enjoy learning about smokejumping and firefighting. The loft, parachutes, jump suits, tools, stories of jumping and firefighting are fine; but, how can you tell the full story of smokejumping without an airplane?

Tommy Albert and Sharon Westcott Loading Scaffolding, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Tommy Albert and Sharon Westcott Loading Scaffolding, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Tommy Albert and Sharon Westcott Loading Scaffolding, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown, Gary Buck, Tommy Albert, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown, Gary Buck, Tommy Albert, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown, Gary Buck, Tommy Albert, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Gary Buck, Tommy Albert, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Gary Buck, Tommy Albert, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Gary Buck, Tommy Albert, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Tommy Albert, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, Chuck Sheley, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, Chuck Sheley, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, Chuck Sheley, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert and Don Bisson Repairing Doors, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert and Don Bisson Repairing Doors, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert and Don Bisson Repairing Doors, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

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