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Montauk Point in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Montauk Air Force Station

 
 
Montauk Air Force Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 23, 2019
1. Montauk Air Force Station Marker
Inscription.  

The United States Air Force established its first radar at Montauk Point in 1948. In the years that followed, Montauk Air Force Station was home to a variety of surveillance and height-finding radar that guarded the New York City area against surprise attack by Soviet bombers or missiles. In 1958, Montauk Air Force Station was integrated into the Semi-automatic Ground Environment, or SAGE, air defense network, which linked the nation's air defenses.

In 1960, the Air Force deployed the new AN/FPS-35 Radar to Montauk. It is this giant radar that you see in the park today. The AN/FPS-35 remained operational until 1980. Today, Montauk's AN/FPS-35 is the only intact example of a large, frequency diversity radar left in the United States.

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At the time of its deployment, the AN/FPS-35 was the most advanced surveillance radar available to the United States Air Force. The radar could detect airborne objects at over 200 miles.

The 773rd Radar Squadron operated Montauk Air Force Station.

The control station for Montauk's AN/FPS-35 radar. The AN/FPS-35 was termed

Montauk Air Force Station AN/FPS-35 Radar Antenna and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 23, 2019
2. Montauk Air Force Station AN/FPS-35 Radar Antenna and Marker
a frequency diversity surveillance radar because its operator could vary its frequency, making it difficult for an enemy to jam the radar. Information gathered by Montauk's radar was sent to the SAGE Direction Center at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, where it was interpreted and coordinated with other installations throughout the northeastern United States.

Montauk Air Force Station's AN/FPS-35 radar was part of a larger air defense system that included Nike surface-to-air missiles. A total of 19 Nike missile batteries were deployed in the New York Metropolitan area during the Cold War. Radar like the one here at Montauk would identify an inbound aircraft or missile. The information would then be relayed to tracking and targeting radar that would lock onto the incoming object, and a Nike missile would be fired in an attempt to destroy it.

The enormous antenna of the AN/FPS-35 radar measured 120 feet in width and weighed approximately 70 tons.

All of the photographs on this sign are by Major Miles Martin.
 
Erected by New York State Parks.
 
Location. 41° 3.802′ N, 71° 52.335′ W. Marker is in Montauk Point, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is on Colonel John Dunn Road south of Camp Hero Road, on the right when traveling south.

Montauk Air Force Station AN/FPS-35 Radar Antenna image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 23, 2019
3. Montauk Air Force Station AN/FPS-35 Radar Antenna
Marker is in Camp Hero State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1898 Montauk Highway (New York Route 27), Montauk NY 11954, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Dunn (Battery 113) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Downtown" Camp Hero (approx. 0.2 miles away); Antiaircraft Training at Camp Hero (approx. half a mile away); Nature's Sculptures (approx. half a mile away); Montauk Point Lighthouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); Montauk Lighthouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); USS Montauk (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Montauk Point Lighthouse (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montauk Point.
 
Also see . . .
1. Air Force Base 1956-1984. (Submitted on September 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Montauk Air Force Station at Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Camp Hero State Park. (Submitted on September 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. CommunicationsMan-Made FeaturesWar, ColdWar, World II
 
Montauk Air Force Station AN/FPS-35 Radar Antenna image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 23, 2019
4. Montauk Air Force Station AN/FPS-35 Radar Antenna
Montauk Air Force Station AN/FPS-35 Radar Antenna image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 23, 2019
5. Montauk Air Force Station AN/FPS-35 Radar Antenna
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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