August 2008 photos & notes by Tom Page
I visited the still-active (now FAA) radar station at the former England AFB on Wednesday, 6 August 2008. The former Air Force AN/FPS-20A search radar is still in use; however, virtually all other parts of this old AF radar station have been removed. A golf course now occupies part of the old M-125 site.
This photo was taken from the other side of the runways/tarmac (east end), and shows the AN/FPS-20A search radar tower. [looking southeast]
This photo shows the radar site up close. The only noticeable change in appearance from the radar tower`s Air Force days is the newer radome. [looking just west of due south]
This photo is a close-up of the radar tower itself. [looking just west of due south]
This photo is another close-up of the radar tower. The photo was made from a nearby point off to the west close to about where the AN/MPS-14 height-finder radar tower once stood. The paved road closest to the fence appears to be an original road from the site`s Air Force days; the other paved surface closer to the observer is the cart path for the golf course. The fence itself is not original -- it surrounds only the modern-day FAA compound, not the original, larger AF radar station. [looking east-southeast]
This final photo shows four foundations/footings for an unknown tower; my best guess is these might have supported the earlier AN/MPS-7 search radar (which probably was on a temperate-style tower). Other explanations are possible. These foundations/footings are located just north of the AN/FPS-20A search radar tower, and just south of where the LRR Operations building once stood. [looking west-southwest]
1995 photo contributed by Scott Murdock
The radar tower in this photo is currently in use by FAA.