Information for Ellington AFB, TX

Latitude: 29-36-56 N, Longitude: 095-10-23 W

Call Sign(s): Short Horn, Tape Worm, Weakfish, Caprock


Perm ID Sage ID JSS ID Unit Location Early
Equip.
Final
Equip.
Oper.
Date
Inact.
Date
Notes
P-79 Z-79   747 Ellington AFB, TX FPS-10 (2); FPS-8/GPS-3; ARSR-1A; FPS-6 ARSR-1E; FPS-6; ARSR-1 is now CARSR with 7172 antenna [FAA]. Apr-52 31-Dec-69 + Later (1972), part of Southern Air Defense System, site Z-240; still FAA site. Ellington site now operates Common Air-Route Surveillance Radar (CARSR) radar as of 11/4/2011.
P-79A Z-79A     Fannett, TX FPS-14   Apr-60 Jun-64 Gap-Filler Annex. Located on top of the Big Hill salt dome (but not the same ''Big Hill'' near Beaumont known as the ''Spindletop dome'' (site of the famous Lucas [Oil] Gusher of 1901). Radar building is still extant.
P-79B Z-79B     Van Vleck, TX FPS-14   Apr-60 Jun-64 Gap-Filler Annex. Exact location is in question.

Current Use: Active FAA site. This now-FAA long-range radar site is now data-tied into the Joint Surveillance System (post 9/11).

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