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Wallace Air Station
Poro Point, San Fernando Philippines

Wallace Air Station was a base located at the end of Poro Point in San Fernando, on 101 hectares acquired in 1903 for the United States Cavalry. It was later the home of the 848th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron which provided logistics and administrative support to other radar detachments under its chain of command. Formally turned-over by the United States to the Republic of the Philippines on September 16, 1991, the Bases Conversion Development Authority is overseeing the plans for the conversion of the area into a tourism and industrial estate. The former Wallace Air Station is located in the Province of La Union. The Province of La Union is bounded on the north by Ilocos Sur, on the south by Pangasinan, on the east by Benguet, and on the west by the China Sea.

The Drone Launch Facility at Wallace, run by an Air Force contractor, provided PACAF pilots with live fire training opportunities. Since the drones were not usually destroyed when the are shot down, there was a need to recover them for reuse. Hence, there was a drone recovery boat that was kept moored in the local harbor (San Fernando). When the drone was "shot down" by a fighter's missile, the race was on. The recovery boat was joined by numerous fishing boats (outrigger bamboo canoes) in the chase to get to the drone. It seemed that many of the locals considered the drone "fair game" for salvage purposes, and figured that it might be worth a few pesos (at least more than the daily catch of fish).

Wallace had some fuel tanks, and was able to provide fuel for the occasional helo. A few CH-3s from Clark AFB, and the occasional Navy chopper would drop by. UH-1s from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) would also show up, but not too often as there wasn't much budget for operations. The nearby community of San Fernando had a concrete landing strip.



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