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9. NIKE South Dakota area

Last modified: 27 Apr 2022
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Country: United States    Region: S Dakota

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Latitude: 44° 13' 45" N     Longitude: -104° 55' 44" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed

   
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Former S Dakota/Ellsworth Nike air defense area :
In 1957 4 Nike Ajax batteries were positioned around Ellsworth AFB.
Hq facilities were located at Ellsworth as well as the Air-Defense Command Post for Nike missile command-and-control functions.
The site was equipped with the AN/GSG-5(V) BIRDIE solid-state computer system and was integrated with USAF Air Defense Command/NORAD Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense radar network. The radarsite ceased all ops in 1965.

Missile sites:

  1. E-01 North. IFC at 44 13′ 46″ N, 103 4′ 17″ W, LA at 4412'0.57"N
  2. E-20 East. IFC at 44 9′ 31″ N, 102 58′ 52″ W,LA at 44 9′ 2″ N, 103 0′ 12″ W
  3. E-40 South. IFC at 44 5′ 16″ N, 103 5′ 12″ W, LA at 44 6′ 13″ N, 103 5′ 55″ W
  4. E-70 West. IFC at 44 9′ 29″ N, 103 12′ 29″ W, LA at 44 9′ 11″ N, 103 12′ 59″ W

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