Information for Oakdale AI, PA

Latitude: 40-23-50 N, Longitude: 080-09-40 W


Perm ID Sage ID JSS ID Unit Location Early
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RP-62 Z-62   662 Oakdale AI, PA ARSR-1; FPS-20; FPS-24; [FPS-6A (2) Army]; FPS-6B (2) AF FPS-24; FPS-90; FPS-26A; FPS-67B (FAA), now Common ARSR (CAR 1959 31-Dec-69 Sq transferred from Brookfield AFS, OH (P-62). Shared Army radar site for Nike Missile air-defense system (PI-70DC). It is suspected that the Army continued operating this site until circa 1974 (when Nike missile air-defense operations ceased for the Pittsburgh Defense Area). FAA site now; still uses FPS-67B (on the old FPS-24 tower).
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-43E / P-62B / RP-62B Z-62B     Lewisville, OH FPS-14   Aug-57 Jun-63 Gap-Filler Annex.
P-55F / RP-62G Z-55F / Z-62G     Thomas, WV FPS-14 FPS-18 * Feb-58 circa 1968 (?) Gap-Filler Annex. * Radar type reportedly changed to FPS-18 circa 1963. Control of site reportedly changed from Manassas AFS, VA (Z-55), to Oakdale AI, PA (Z-62). GFA radar site located on Backbone Mtn., west of town.
P-62A / RP-62A Z-62A     Thompson, OH FPS-18   Sep-58 Jun-68 Gap-Filler Annex. Building is no longer extant.
RP-62E Z-62E     Brookfield, OH FPS-18   Feb-64 Jun-68 Gap-Filler Annex. Located at former LRR site, P-62. The gap-filler radar tower was torn down some time in the mid 1990's; it had been left in place with its radome (and presumably the radar equipment, too).

Current Use: Still active. This now-FAA long-range radar site is now data-tied into the Joint Surveillance System (post 9/11). The GATR Site is now Kelly Park.

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