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Texas Tower 4
Part of Aerospace Defense Command
Type Long Range Radar Site
Coordinates 39°48′0.00″N 72°40′00.00″W / 39.8°N 72.66667°W / 39.8; -72.66667Coordinates: 39°48′0.00″N 72°40′00.00″W / 39.8°N 72.66667°W / 39.8; -72.66667
Built by U.S. Government
In use 1958-1961
Demolished 1961
U.S. Air Force
Open to
the public
Occupants 4604th Support Group

Texas Tower 4, nicknamed Old Shakey, was Texas Tower that was located 63 miles south-southeast of the coast of Long Island in 185 feet of water.[1] The 4604th Support Group was located at nearby McGuire Air Force Base. The tower was never completed because of improvements to radar over the area.

During transportation 2 to 3 structural supports were dislodged in rough seas. The airforce considered the 2 options; whether to fix the problem before or after erecting the radar platform. The latter was chosen which affected the structural integrity of the platform.

Originally 70 personnel maned the station under the command of Lt. Col. Robert Cutler. By middway through 1960 that had been reduced to 14 airforce personnel and 14 repairmen due to concerns over the inability of successive repairs crews to halt the movement of the structure. Prior to the collapse, the tower had weathered 2 cyclones over a 2 year period.

Texas Tower 4 suffered severe structural damage during Hurricane Donna in September 1960 and, before repairs could be completed, was destroyed by a winter storm on January 15, 1961. None of the twenty-eight airmen and civilian contractors who were manning the station survived.


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