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9. AFS Bedford

Last modified: 24 Apr 2022

Country: United States    Region: Virginia

Latitude: 33° 4' 23" N     Longitude: -105° 52' 47" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


3731′02″N 07930′37″W Former AFS Bedford Established in 1954 as part of a planned deployment of forty-four Phase I Mobile Radar stations. 649th Airborne Control & Warning Sqn achieved operational status by 1954 with AN/MPS-8 and AN/MPS-11 radars. By 1958 the AN/MPS-8 had been superseded by a pair of AN/FPS-6 height-finders. In 1959 an AN/FPS-20A search radar replaced the AN/MPS-11. In 1959 Bedford AFB joined the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system, feeding data to Fort Lee AFS, Virginia. After joining, the sqn redesignated 649th Radar Squadron (SAGE)
Station closure was in 1977. Afterward FAA took over the facility and today it is an active Joint Surveillance System (JSS) site, operating an ARSR-3 Long Range Air Route Surveillance Radar. Most of the buildings on the site have been torn down, the housing and GATR site have been obliterated as well.

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