Orange Air National Guard Communications Station (BR-15C Nike Missile Site)

Orange Air National Guard Communications Station (BR-15C Nike Missile Site)


Orange, Connecticut (CT), US
My best search on this "US Military Reservation" on Boston Post Rd in Orange calls it "Orange Air National Guard Station". Thing is, I don't see any airstrips here, or room for one.

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AlbinoFlea picture
@ 2005-11-08 23:23:16

O.K., this is weird, but...

Yes, this is the site of the Orange ANG Station, and also the Bridgeport Nike Site BR-15C.

According to http://www.airforcebase.net/usaf/usafnike.html:

This Nike facility was operational from approximately 1956 to 1961. Date of transfer to the Air Force is unknown; but by 15 Dec 1975 it was listed as Orange ANG Communications Station, an active Air National Guard detached installation. I believe this installation is still active.

And also from http://ed-thelen.org/loc-c.html:

The partially intact IFC Area is used by the CTANG as an Aircraft Control & Warning site. In place of the Nike Ajax acquisition radar, a modern 3-dimensional TPS-75 radar is now in use here. An Operations Module, the modern equivalent of a Nike control trailer, is attached to the original Nike system Interconnecting Corridor. The Administrative Area also remains largely intact at this site.

The latter site gives coordinates and a link to a TerraServer image that confirms it as the same site.
AlbinoFlea picture
@ 2005-11-08 23:29:18

The bigger question is: how did kjfitz miss this one? Just concentrating on the Launch sites?
kjfitz picture
@ 2005-11-09 00:37:39
Yup, I only did launch sites. There was hardly ever anything left of the radar sites or the command sites that I didn't wantt o eneter hundreds of empty fields.
kjfitz picture
@ 2005-11-09 00:39:04
Here is the launch site that this IFC area controlled:
http://googleglobetrotting.com/info.php/mid/5492
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Anonymous
@ 2009-09-29 12:21:15
That's the base for the 103rd Air Control Squadron (103 ACS)

Known as "Yankee Watch", the mission of the 103rd Air Control Squadron is real-time detection, identification and surveillance of air traffic for combat operations and homeland defense. The 103rd ACS is the oldest unit of its kind in the US.[1]

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_Air_National_Guard

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