Watford City Air Force Station

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Watford City Air Force Station
Part of
1960-1967: Air Defense Command.png Air Defense Command
197x-present: Joint Surveillance System
McKenzie County, North Dakota
Coordinates 47°40′44″N103°46′50″W / 47.67889°N 103.78056°W / 47.67889; -103.78056
Type FAA Ground Equipment Facility
Site information
Owner FAA
Controlled by Federal Aviation Administration

Watford City Air Force Station is a joint United States Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration installation located about 40 km southwest of Watford City, North Dakota. It is the site of an ARSR-4 radar system, which provides air traffic surveillance along the US-Canada border, as well as limited weather radar data.

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Watford City, North Dakota City in North Dakota, United States

Watford City, founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 1,744 at the 2010 census. and the Census Bureau gave the 2017 estimated population as 6,523, making Watford City the twelfth largest city in North Dakota. Because Watford City is part of the Bakken field, the North Dakota oil boom has significantly increased population and construction since the 2010 census.

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History

Established as United States Air Force gap-filler station TM-177B (47°40′43″N 103°46′50″W) with an unmanned Bendix AN/FPS-18 Radar providing data through Dickinson Air Force Station/706th Aircraft Control and Warning (later Radar) Squadron (Minot AFS/786RS after Dickinson closed in 1965), the current facility was activated c.1979 as a Joint Surveillance System facility with an Air Route Surveillance Radar.

SAGE radar stations Wikimedia list article

The SAGE radar stations of Air Defense Command were the military installations operated by USAF squadrons using the 1st automated air defense environment and networked by the SAGE System, a computer network. Most of the radar stations used the Burroughs AN/FST-2 Coordinate Data Transmitting Set (CDTS) to automate the operator environment and provide radar tracks to sector command posts at SAGE Direction Centers (DCs), e.g., the Malmstrom Z-124 radar station was co-located with DC-20. The sector/division radar stations were networked by DCs and Manual Control Centers to provide command, control, and coordination for ground-controlled interception of enemy aircraft by interceptors such as the F-106 developed to work with the SAGE System.

The AN/FPS-18 was a medium-range search Radar used by the United States Air Force Air Defense Command.

Dickinson Air Force Station

Dickinson Air Force Station is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station. It is located 3.8 miles (6.1 km) northeast of Dickinson, North Dakota. It was closed in 1965.

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