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Watertown Air Force Station
Part of Aerospace Defense Command
Town of Watertown, New York
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Type Long Range Radar Site
Coordinates 43°55′27.12″N 75°54′33.84″W / 43.9242°N 75.9094°W / 43.9242; -75.9094.
Built 1950s
Built by U.S. Air Force
In use 1952-1980
Garrison Watertown, New York
Occupants 655th Radar Squadron

Watertown Air Force Station is a defunct Air Force Station that operated from the 1952 until 1980. It is located in the town of Watertown, just south of the city of Watertown, New York. It is the site of a radar station and other buildings. It was redeveloped into the a jail for New York State. It was a part of the 21'st RCC (NORAD Regional Control Center) a SAGE network, located at Hancock AFB, Syracuse, New York. The station was not connected or affiliated with Fort Drum, which was located on the opposite side of Watertown.

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History

At its latest configuration, the 655th was manned by about 150 airmen who supported or maintained or operated the FPS-27 search radar and an FPS-26 height finder, linked to NORAD by an FYQ-47 "Common Digitizer" computer.

Closure

Redevelopment

In 1980, the site was turned into a jail for the state of New York. The jail opened around 1983.

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