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9. NIKE Boston area

Last modified: 27 Apr 2022

Country: United States    Region: Massachusetts

Latitude: 42° 35' 21" N     Longitude: -71° 5' 18" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


The Boston defense area (B or BO): Boston's Nike batteries were manned by Regular Army troops but later on Army NG units assumed control of all sites after after the phase-out of the Nike Ajax system and the conversion on Hercules missiles.
Air-Defense Command Post (ADCP) B-21DC established at Fort Heath, MA for Nike missile command-and-control. The site was an AN/FSG-l Missile-Master Radar Direction Center and was updated into AN/TSQ-51 "Missile Mentor" solid-state computer system. The site was integrated with the USAF Air Defense Command/NORAD Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense radar network.
Later on the Boston defense area merged with Hartford & Providence defense areas, becoming the New England defense area.

Site locations

  1. B-03 Reading. FC 4230′26″N 07105′53″W, LA 4232′28″N 07105′05″W. Both re developed
  2. B-05 Danvers. FC 4235′18″N 07056′43″W, LA 4236′28″N 07056′57″W. FC army reserve center
  3. B-15 Beverly. FC 4234′47″N 07052′34″W, LA 4235′21″N 07054′41″W. LA = FEMA complex
  4. B-17 Nahant. FC 4225′09″N 07055′46″W, LA 4225′05″N 07054′14″W
  5. B-36 Hull. FC 4218′01″N 07053′46″W, LA 4218′06″N 07053′50″W
  6. B-37 Quincy. FC 4218′12″N 07100′41″W, LA 4219′01″N 07058′03W Both private property
  7. B-38 Hingham. FC 4213′20″N 07103′42″W, LA 4214′14″N 07049′50″W. Turkey Hill Park
  8. B-55 Miltons. FC 4213′20″N 07103′42″W, LA 4212′00″N 07104′21″W
  9. B-63 Needham. FC 4217′26″N 07115′17″W, LA 4216′20″N 07116′22″W. Both private property
  10. B-73 Wasteland. FC 4224′29″N 07119′56″W, LA 4224′35″N 07121′37W. Both private property
  11. B-84 Burlington. FC 4229′24.38″N 07110′39.49 W, LA 4228′41″N 07111′30″W. Campus
  12. B-85 Bedford. FC 4229′29″N 07118′13″W, LA 4230′28″N 07117′41″W. Harvard univiersity

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