5 comments on “Brookfield Air Force Station [Radar Base]

  1. Correction: The large radomes at Brookfield AFS did not house either an AN/FPS-14 or an AN/FPS-18 radar — those were “gap-filler” radars. After this AF Station closed, the site did become a Gap-Filler Annex, and then it did operate an AN/FPS-18 radar (only). This radar was in the smaller radome on a 3-legged tower shown in that nighttime shot.

    The radars that were in the large radomes were the AN/FPS-3 search radar and the AN/FPS-6 height-finder radar. Those were long-range radars.

  2. One more thing: Another error is that the radars at Brookfield AFS (and other air-defense radar stations like it) tracked only aircraft. For ICBMs and SLBMs, other types of radars were developed. It was not part of the Nike missile air-defense system, either, as other websites incorrectly state. As Gene stated, our website has the true story. Please feel free to e-mail us with any questions you might have. We might not know all the answers, but we’re a good place to start. By the way, I like your current photos — this old site is one of the two worst in terms of decrepitness. Sad.

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