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Empire Air Day  (1934)
Empire Air Day (1934)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Inland Empire Explorer - Norton Air Force Base Museum
Inland Empire Explorer - Norton Air Force Base Museum
Published: 2015/05/25
Channel: IEExplorerTV
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In The Stairwell: Air Force Academy Group Sings "Drag Me Down" - America's Got Talent 2017
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: America's Got Talent
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Why does the US have 800 military bases around the world?
Published: 2015/05/18
Channel: Vox
Air Force Fun - Empire of the Hand - Thrawn
Air Force Fun - Empire of the Hand - Thrawn's Revenge 2.2 (Forces of Corruption mod) - Ep 29
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: Corey Loses
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Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!
Published: 2014/07/02
Channel: Frank Wunderlich
Their Majesties Pay Empire Air Day Visit
Their Majesties Pay Empire Air Day Visit
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: British Movietone
Empire Air Day Rehearsals
Empire Air Day Rehearsals
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: British Movietone
RAAF in Empire Air Training in Canada
RAAF in Empire Air Training in Canada
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: aussieinbmbrcmd
Empire Strikes Back - Battle of Hoth Part 1 (HD 1080p)
Empire Strikes Back - Battle of Hoth Part 1 (HD 1080p)
Published: 2015/07/10
Channel: Cervisia Spark
Empire Air Day Displays At Hendon (1938)
Empire Air Day Displays At Hendon (1938)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Inland Empire Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Airborne Tribute
Inland Empire Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Airborne Tribute
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: Tommy Anderson Photography and Art
USAF C-17  Thunder over the Empire March ARB Air Show 2006
USAF C-17 Thunder over the Empire March ARB Air Show 2006
Published: 2012/02/18
Channel: Tonkatsu298
'Empire Air Mail Scheme' by flying boat from Southampton to Australia 1938
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: Southampton on Video
PERFECT WAR - InTheDark Humiliates Exclusive Empire - See Best Attacks of The War
PERFECT WAR - InTheDark Humiliates Exclusive Empire - See Best Attacks of The War
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Clash With Ed
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US Military sends MOST FEARED AH-64 Helicopter to Qatar
Published: 2015/12/21
Channel: ArmedForcesUpdate
Orange Empire Sports Car Races - March AFB - Nov. 1954
Orange Empire Sports Car Races - March AFB - Nov. 1954
Published: 2010/07/01
Channel: THE CHICANE
Playing Battle Station as Empire 31/0
Playing Battle Station as Empire 31/0
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: RogueOne Kenobi
USAF Thunder Birds Thunder over the Empire March ARB Air Show 2006
USAF Thunder Birds Thunder over the Empire March ARB Air Show 2006
Published: 2012/02/18
Channel: Tonkatsu298
2016 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE
2016 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: AWESOME AIR 4 CHRIST
USAF F-117   Thunder over the Empire March ARB Air Show 2006
USAF F-117 Thunder over the Empire March ARB Air Show 2006
Published: 2012/02/18
Channel: Tonkatsu298
Roblox | FRENCH EMPIRE VS RUSSIAN EMPIRE! (Roblox Napoleon Wars)
Roblox | FRENCH EMPIRE VS RUSSIAN EMPIRE! (Roblox Napoleon Wars)
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: PotatoSaladMan | Roblox
March Air Field Museum - Inland Empire Explorer
March Air Field Museum - Inland Empire Explorer
Published: 2012/05/12
Channel: IEExplorerTV
Thunder birds air show thunder over the empire
Thunder birds air show thunder over the empire
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: John Navarro
,2016 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE (4/16/16)
,2016 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE (4/16/16)
Published: 2016/04/18
Channel: CHIEFBIGFAITH
Nellis vs Empire 10/12/2014
Nellis vs Empire 10/12/2014
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: Greg McPhail
PORTUGAL Air Force (1952-1974) The Empire Jets.wmv
PORTUGAL Air Force (1952-1974) The Empire Jets.wmv
Published: 2011/01/27
Channel: António Rocha
AHMED AL ATTAR vs Exclusive "Empire" - PERFECT War After Update - Insane Hybrid 3 Star
AHMED AL ATTAR vs Exclusive "Empire" - PERFECT War After Update - Insane Hybrid 3 Star
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: Clash With Ed
Empire Test Pilots
Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS)
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: QinetiQ
ZCSD at March Air Field Museum w Empire Z n ZCCIV
ZCSD at March Air Field Museum w Empire Z n ZCCIV
Published: 2014/01/26
Channel: David Gonzalez
Air force cadets from all parts of the British Empire receive training at a Royal...HD Stock Footage
Air force cadets from all parts of the British Empire receive training at a Royal...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/05/23
Channel: CriticalPast
(EMPIRE AND ALLIES)  EP:3 AIR FORCE ATTACK
(EMPIRE AND ALLIES) EP:3 AIR FORCE ATTACK
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: MikGo59
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Breakout
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Breakout
Published: 2012/08/14
Channel: LAXSPOTTER97
THUNDER OVER THE EMPIRE THUNDER BIRDS FLYOVER
THUNDER OVER THE EMPIRE THUNDER BIRDS FLYOVER
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: itswhatisee
HD Historic Archival Stock Footage WWII - Canada Hails 3rd Year Of Empire Air Training
HD Historic Archival Stock Footage WWII - Canada Hails 3rd Year Of Empire Air Training
Published: 2014/03/03
Channel: Buyout Footage Historic Film Archive
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empire axe bellows paintball hawaii 3:24:2012
Published: 2012/03/25
Channel: Nicholas Lane
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Diamond Role
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Diamond Role
Published: 2012/08/11
Channel: LAXSPOTTER97
Airfest 2016 Thunder over the Empire
Airfest 2016 Thunder over the Empire
Published: 2016/04/18
Channel: Rosa I Cuevas
Longest STS line in The Myrmidon Empire History :D
Longest STS line in The Myrmidon Empire History :D
Published: 2012/12/30
Channel: markus_fink
Empire Earth - Ep. #1 - Partiamo con le nozioni di base!
Empire Earth - Ep. #1 - Partiamo con le nozioni di base!
Published: 2013/10/16
Channel: Pepo3393
Empire Earth - Air Force (HD)
Empire Earth - Air Force (HD)
Published: 2010/11/08
Channel: EmpireEarthVids
Helghan Empire Honor Guard Training 1
Helghan Empire Honor Guard Training 1
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: Gold Castle Military
Terminal phase of dying US empire? GSSAP satellite war but in Detroit they have no water
Terminal phase of dying US empire? GSSAP satellite war but in Detroit they have no water
Published: 2014/07/29
Channel: PublicEnquiry
USAF F-15E DemoTeam  Thunder over the Empire March ARB Air Show 2006
USAF F-15E DemoTeam Thunder over the Empire March ARB Air Show 2006
Published: 2012/02/18
Channel: Tonkatsu298
Thwarting a New Iranian Empire - Dore Gold
Thwarting a New Iranian Empire - Dore Gold
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: TheJerusalemCenter
Thunder Over the Empire at March Air Reserve Base
Thunder Over the Empire at March Air Reserve Base
Published: 2012/08/21
Channel: The Press-Enterprise
(1906) 2016 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE (4/16/16)
(1906) 2016 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE (4/16/16)
Published: 2016/04/18
Channel: CHIEFBIGFAITH
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Rus Air Force buying MOST ADVANCED Aircraft challenge US Military & NATO Power
Published: 2016/03/27
Channel: ArmedForcesUpdate
Empire Shield
Empire Shield
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: The U.S. Army
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The forces battling at a Empire base
Published: 2017/06/30
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Empire Air Force Station
Airdefensecommand-logo.jpg
Part of Air Defense Command (ADC)
Empire AFS is located in Michigan
Empire AFS
Empire AFS
Location of Empire AFS, Michigan
Coordinates 44°48′09″N 086°03′11″W / 44.80250°N 86.05306°W / 44.80250; -86.05306 (Empire AFS P-34)Coordinates: 44°48′09″N 086°03′11″W / 44.80250°N 86.05306°W / 44.80250; -86.05306 (Empire AFS P-34)
Type Air Force Station
Code ADC ID: P-34, NORAD ID: Z-34
Current JSS ID: J-58
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Condition JSS/NEADS site
Site history
Built 1951
In use 1950-1978
Garrison information
Garrison 752d Radar Squadron

Empire Air Force Station is a former United States Air Force Aerospace Defense Command (ADC) long range radar site located 0.7 miles (1.1 km) south-southeast of Empire, Michigan, in Empire Township. It was closed in 1978 by the Air Force, and turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Today the site is part of the Joint Surveillance System (JSS), designated by NORAD as Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) Ground Equipment Facility.

History[edit]

The radar site was operated by the 752d Aircraft Control and Warning (AC&W) squadron, starting in late 1950. The unit operated and maintained an AN/CPS-6B radar at this site, and initially the station functioned as a Ground-Control Intercept (GCI) and warning station. As a GCI station, the squadron's role was to guide interceptor aircraft toward unidentified intruders picked up on the unit's radar scopes. In 1958 this radar was replaced by an AN/FPS-6. A second height-finder radar arrived a year later.

During 1960 Empire AFS joined the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system, initially feeding data to DC-14 at K. I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan. After joining, the squadron was re-designated as the 752d Radar Squadron (SAGE) on 15 July 1960. In 1963, Empire AFS was switched to the SAGE Data Center DC-06 at Custer AFS, Michigan. The radar squadron provided information 24/7 the SAGE Direction Center where it was analyzed to determine range, direction altitude speed and whether or not aircraft were friendly or hostile.

Also during 1960 Empire site began operating an AN/FPS-7 radar, and one of the AN/FPS-6 height-finder radars was supplanted by an AN/FPS-26A in 1963.

In 1964 Empire site became an ADC/FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Joint Surveillance System (JSS) site.

In addition to the main facility, Empire operated two AN/FPS-18 Gap Filler sites:

Over the years, the equipment at the station was upgraded or modified to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the information gathered by the radars. The 752d Radar Squadron (SAGE) was inactivated in April 1978, and the AN/FPS-26A height-finder was decommissioned in this time frame.

The FAA assumed control of the radar operations area except for the AN/FPS-6 height-finder radar (now modified to the AN/FPS-116 variant). The National Park Service assumed control of the rest of the property, which is now part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Circa 1980 or 1981, the AN/FPS-7 search radar was replaced by an FAA model ARSR-3 search radar. The AN/FPS-116 height-finder radar was removed c. 1988. The ARSR-3 was replaced by an ARSR-4 in the late 1990s.

Many of the veterans of this site still reside in the area and in Traverse City, Michigan, approximately 26 miles (42 km) east of Empire. The museum in Empire has a full history of the air station, including a historical marker and the original rock marker for the Dining Hall on display. Reunions are held annually for the veterans of Empire AFS.

Air Force units and assignments[edit]

Emblem of the 752d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron

Units[edit]

  • Constituted as the 752d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron on 14 November 1950
Activated on 27 November 1950
Redesignated as the 752d Radar Squadron (SAGE) on 15 July 1960
Redesignated as the 752d Radar Squadron on 1 February 1974
Inactivated on 1 April 1978

Assignments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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