Air Defense Radar Stations


Information for Benton AFS, PA

Latitude: 41-21-30 N, Longitude: 076-17-40 W

Call Sign(s): Oppose


Perm ID Sage ID JSS ID Unit Location Early
Equip.
Final
Equip.
Oper.
Date
Inact.
Date
Notes
P-30 Z-30   648 Benton AFS, PA CPS-6B (2); FPS-35; FPS-6B; FPS-26A; FPS-8 (FAA) FPS-35; FPS-6; FPS-26A; FPS-67B; CARSR w/ FPS 1561 antenna [ Oct-51 Jun-75 Site located atop Red Rock Mountain near the northwest corner of Ricketts Glen State Park (Mud Pond). In 1962, FPS-35 used in missile-detection test, with marginal results. FAA site now, using FPS-67B, now Common Air-Route Surveillance Radar (CARSR) radar as of 5/14/2012. Stockbridge (NY) Test Site {RADC} uses the old AN/FPS-35 antenna pedestal.
P-30A       Middleburg, PA **         Gap-Filler Annex. ** In early ADC plans, but never was built.
P-30B       Topton, PA **         Gap-Filler Annex. ** In early 1960s ADC plans, but never was built.
P-30C       East Meredith, PA **         ** Gap-Filler Annex. In original ADC plans, but never was built.
P-30D       Montrose, PA **         ** Gap-Filler Annex. In 1960s ADC plans, but never was built.
P-30E Z-30E     Ulysses, PA FPS-14   Jul-57 Jun-68 Gap-Filler Annex. Both building and radar tower are still extant. Located atop Bailey Hill.
P-30F Z-30F     Joliett, PA FPS-18   Jul-62 Jun-68 Gap-Filler Annex. Both building and radar tower are still extant.
P-30H / RP-62F Z-62F     Claysburg, PA         Gap-Filler Annex. Former LRR site, P-63. GFA was the former G/A radio transmitter bldg. Reportedly was never activated (ADC records give no operational dates, although this gap-filler site is shown on a 1966 map as site ''Z-62F''). Site was atop Blue Knob.
P-30I       Blaine, PA **         ** Gap-Filler Annex. In original ADC plans, but never was built.
P-30I       Hawley, PA **         ** Gap-Filler Annex. In 1960s ADC plans, but never was built.
P-30J       Trumbull Corners, NY **         ** Gap-Filler Annex. In early 1960s ADC plans, but never was built. The town of Trumbull Corners is located just SW of Ithaca, NY; maybe the GFA radar site was to have been located atop Connecticut Hill (?).
P-30J / P-49E       Atlanta, NY **         ** Gap-Filler Annex. In original ADC plans, but never was built.

Current Use: Used by the Job Corps as a CETA facility. This now-FAA long-range radar site is now data-tied into the Joint Surveillance System (post 9/11).

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