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AFS Bedford

Last modified: 17 May 2015
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Country: United States    Region: Virginia

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

Area use / Military Branches: Closed

   
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3731′02″N 07930′37″W Former AFS Bedford http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/15254927.jpg 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 By 1958 the AN/MPS-8 had been superseded by a pair of AN/FPS-6 height-finders.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) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/649th_Radar_Squadron_-_Emblem.png
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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