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FAA radar facility Ricketts Glen State Park

Last modified: 19 Dec 2018
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Country: United States    Region: Pennsylvania

Latitude: 41° 21' 27" N     Longitude: -77° 42' 20" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE

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4121'27"N 7617'40"W FAA QRC radar facility Ricketts Glen State Park http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/Ricketts_Glen_State_Park_radar.jpg


Historical
Former http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a4/Airdefensecommand-logo.jpg AFS Benton (callsign: Oppose).
Site construction 1951. Initial ops with General Electric AN/CPS-6B radar 1953 providing tracking data to Manual Air Defense Control Center.

In 1958, 26th Air Division/Syracuse Air Defense Sector's "Combat Alert Center (Manual)" at Roslyn AFS began using Benton data for manual GCI.

26th moved to Syracuse as a computerized SAGE division http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/Boston_Air_Defense_Sector_-_Emblem.png in 1958 but Syracuse DC with AN/FSQ-7 did not become ops until 1959. Benton's data was initially entered in the "Manual Inputs" terminals of the Syracuse's SAGE Direction Center.

Site was upgraded with a Lincoln Labs CCM-MkI Radar in the AN/FPS-35 and complemented by an Avco AN/FPS-26A and a General Electric AN/FPS-6.
By the end of 1963 Benton AFS was a joint-use site for both USAF and FAA. The FPS-35 was modified to track Cape Canaveral missile launches and Benton AFS had Backup Interceptor Control capability. An AN/FPS-8 backup search radar owned/operated by the FAA was in place by 1967,
In 1974 the AN/FPS-35 was replaced,
After 2001 the FAA site became part of the Joint Surveillance System and the "FPS-67B (now Common Air-Route Surveillance Radar (CARSR)



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