Air Defense Radar Stations

Information for Bedford AFS, VA

Latitude: 37-31-02 N, Longitude: 079-30-40 W

Call Sign(s): Blue Texas

Perm ID Sage ID JSS ID Unit Location Early
M-121 Z-121   649 Bedford AFS, VA MPS-8; MPS-11; FPS-20A / -67; FPS-6 (2) FPS-67; FPS-6. (ARSR-3) 1956 Jun-75 Site located on highest point of Apple Orchard Mtn, next to Blue Ridge Parkway. Appalachian Trail crosses site at mountain top.
M-121A / P-56D       Roxbury, VA **         Gap-Filler Annex. ** In early 1960s ADC plans, but never was built. Possibly a relocation of the planned / not-built Fort Lee GFA (P-56D).

Current Use: Active FAA site, now operating an ARSR-3 search radar. Site also now known as Roanoke. This now-FAA long-range radar site is now data-tied into the Joint Surveillance System (post 9/11).

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