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North Truro Air Force Station
Part of Aerospace Defense Command
North Truro, Massachusetts
NorthTruroSiteMap.jpg
A map of the station
Type Long Range Radar Site
Coordinates 42°01′54″N 70°03′16″W / 42.03167°N 70.05444°W / 42.03167; -70.05444.
Built 1950s
Built by U.S. Air Force
In use 1950s-1985
Current
owner
National Park Service
Open to
the public
Yes
Controlled by National Park Service
Garrison North Truro, Massachusetts
Occupants 762nd Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron,6th Space Warning Squadron

North Truro Air Force Station is a defunct Air Force Station that operated from the 1950s until 1985. It is located in North Truro, Massachusetts. It is the site of a radar station and other buildings. It is being redeveloped into The Highland Science Center. It is the site of the Jenny Lind Tower.[1]

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History

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Operation Have Horn

It was the location of Operation Have Horn, the launching of sounding rockets under project Nike Hydac. On completion of the operation, the used devices were returned to the White Sands Missile Range.[2]

Closure

At the end of the Cold War, the base was neglected and fell into a state of disrepair. It was sold hereinafter to the National Park Service in 1994. The Air Force still only occupies the radar station on the premises, which has also fell into a somewhat dilapidated state of repair, as it is no longer used

Redevelopment

In 1994, the land was given to the Cape Cod National Seashore. The site is now being redeveloped into the Highlands Center. This project includes the building of a performing arts center, and other facilities to meet the needs of the National Park Service as well as the community. It is also home to an FAA long-range radar site. In October 2008, a bus driver was indirectly struck by lightning while closing a gate at the center. The accompanying newspaper photo shows the original "No Tresspassing" sign still exists.

Units

  • 762nd Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron (Later redesignated as the 762d Radar Squadron) (19??-1985)
  • 6th Space Warning Squadron (Detachment 1) (1977-1985)

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