Massachusetts en North Truro AFS <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">North Truro AFS</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/05/2011 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Operations began here in 1951 with the 762d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron moved in with two WWII-era AN/CPS-3 radars. Its role at this point was as a Ground Control Intercept station, vectoring intercept aircraft toward unidentified targets. In 1955, the <a href="" target="_blank">AN/FPS-8</a> radar was added to the base. This system was upgraded to AN/GPS-3 before being removed from service in 1960. In 1956, the primary search radar was the CPS-6B.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The North Truro AFS was also the parent station to <a href="" target="_blank">Texas Tower 2</a> from 1956 to 1963. In 1958, the station was also upgraded to include the <a href="/radar_FPS6" target="_blank">AN/FPS-6</a> and AN/FPS-6A height-finder radars. In 1958, it became part of the <a href="/dictionary_SAGE" target="_blank">SAGE</a> network, feeding data to the Stewart AFB in Newburgh, NY.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">1960 saw the installation of the <a href="" target="_blank">AN/FPS-7</a> search radar, and in 1963, the installation of <a href="" target="_blank">AN/FPS-26A</a> and AN/FPS-90 height-finder radar.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">North Truro was also parent to three gap-filler stations located in Westboro, MA (closed 1962), Fort Dearborn, NH (closed 1968), and Chilmark, MA (closed 1968).</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The station continued to upgrade and modernize until in 1985, the AN/FPS-107 was replaced by the AN/FPS-91A search radar. In 1994, the station was closed down and the property sold to the National Parks Service. An <a href="" target="_blank">ARSR-4</a> continues to be used by the FAA and Homeland Security as part of the JSS project.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I looked at this place on Google Earth, it looked pretty interesting. I was surprised to see so many buildings still in tact and decided that it was definitely worth a look. I arrived on a hot afternoon to find the gates open, a couple of tents erected, and a few people milling about including someone in a uniform that looked distinctly like a Park Ranger. What the hell, let's go talk to the guy.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As it turns out, the people and tents were there for the rehearsal of a play. After speaking with the Ranger, I had free run of the place, although he would never really be very distant. At every turn, I saw him driving slowly by in a cruiser, but always smiling, waving often.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The buildings were all sealed, and although a few points of entry became apparent, my constant companion kept interior shots an impossibility. The only time I was alone was as I was exploring the houses on the adjacent property, but those too were largely sealed, and interiors not likely to be of great interest anyhow.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">All in all, this was a substantially sized station, and despite the lack of interiors, it was interesting to explore nonetheless.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=371&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="h2bqdLckl8cbs8i57bXqOFzNhH99oeE6-us1ubeRYew"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 371 at