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Empire Air Day  (1934)
Empire Air Day (1934)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Norton Air Force Base Museum
Norton Air Force Base Museum
Published: 2015/05/25
Channel: IEExplorerTV
George Air Force Base  -  Inland Empire
George Air Force Base - Inland Empire's Most Haunted
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: HAUNTED EMPIRE PRODUCTIONS
Old Speedways 1960 NASCAR AT STEWART AIR FORCE BASE
Old Speedways 1960 NASCAR AT STEWART AIR FORCE BASE
Published: 2012/02/26
Channel: snooch77
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
THUNDER OVER THE EMPIRE THUNDER BIRDS FLYOVER
THUNDER OVER THE EMPIRE THUNDER BIRDS FLYOVER
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: itswhatisee
Off-Base Activities: "Killjoy Was Here!" 1956 US Air Force Animated Training Film Cartoon
Off-Base Activities: "Killjoy Was Here!" 1956 US Air Force Animated Training Film Cartoon
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: Jeff Quitney
The United States Military vs One Imperial II Star Destroyer | Star Wars: Who Would Win
The United States Military vs One Imperial II Star Destroyer | Star Wars: Who Would Win
Published: 2017/08/08
Channel: EckhartsLadder
Adele, Jay-Z and Journey (Covers) by Deployed Airmen
Adele, Jay-Z and Journey (Covers) by Deployed Airmen
Published: 2011/08/11
Channel: 379th Air Expeditionary Wing
AirFest 2016: Thunder Over The Empire
AirFest 2016: Thunder Over The Empire
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: Jerry Leija
AIRFEST 2016 THUNDER OVER THE EMPIRE
AIRFEST 2016 THUNDER OVER THE EMPIRE
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: itswhatisee
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
UE - Abandoned US Air Force Base
UE - Abandoned US Air Force Base
Published: 2015/07/06
Channel: BackyardExploration
(EMPIRE AND ALLIES)  EP:3 AIR FORCE ATTACK
(EMPIRE AND ALLIES) EP:3 AIR FORCE ATTACK
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: MikGo59
Why does the US have 800 military bases around the world?
Why does the US have 800 military bases around the world?
Published: 2015/05/18
Channel: Vox
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
March Air Force Base Airshow 2012 highlights in HD
March Air Force Base Airshow 2012 highlights in HD
Published: 2012/05/24
Channel: NarbonneGauchoBoingo
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
Air Force police gypsy takes round of Hindon air base for security reasons
Air Force police gypsy takes round of Hindon air base for security reasons
Published: 2014/06/22
Channel: WildFilmsIndia
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
Thunder birds air show thunder over the empire
Thunder birds air show thunder over the empire
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: John Navarro
1959.09.25 Kinross Becomes Kincheloe AFB
1959.09.25 Kinross Becomes Kincheloe AFB
Published: 2008/04/22
Channel: Jim Davis
2012 March ARB Air Fest - U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds
2012 March ARB Air Fest - U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds
Published: 2012/05/21
Channel: spencerhughes2255
British Military FINAL WARNING to invading Rus Air Force Aircraft Documentary
British Military FINAL WARNING to invading Rus Air Force Aircraft Documentary
Published: 2016/03/13
Channel: ArmedForcesUpdate
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 at March Air Reserve Base
Thunder Over the Empire at March Air Reserve Base
Published: 2012/08/21
Channel: The Press-Enterprise
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
4/16/16 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE 2016
4/16/16 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE 2016
Published: 2016/04/19
Channel: AWESOME AIR 4 CHRIST
Air Force police and fire brigade at Hindon air base for security
Air Force police and fire brigade at Hindon air base for security
Published: 2014/06/22
Channel: WildFilmsIndia
In The Stairwell: Air Force Academy Group Sings "Drag Me Down" - America
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
'Empire Air Mail Scheme' by flying boat from Southampton to Australia 1938
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: Southampton on Video
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
Empire Air Day Displays At Hendon (1938)
Empire Air Day Displays At Hendon (1938)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
,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: AWESOME AIR 4 CHRIST
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
4/16/16 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW  INLAND EMPIRE 2016
4/16/16 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE 2016
Published: 2016/04/19
Channel: AWESOME AIR 4 CHRIST
2015 Golden Empire Scout Expo (Arena Intro Video)
2015 Golden Empire Scout Expo (Arena Intro Video)
Published: 2015/05/18
Channel: Neil Ishikawa
Airfest 2016 Thunder over the Empire
Airfest 2016 Thunder over the Empire
Published: 2016/04/18
Channel: Rosa I Cuevas
British Air Force | 2015
British Air Force | 2015
Published: 2015/07/03
Channel: The Danish Patriot
Empire Air Day Rehearsals
Empire Air Day Rehearsals
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: British Movietone
Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!
Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!
Published: 2014/07/02
Channel: Frank Wunderlich
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Solo High Speed Pass
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Solo High Speed Pass
Published: 2012/08/13
Channel: LAXSPOTTER97
RI Man Accused of Trespassing on Air Force Base
RI Man Accused of Trespassing on Air Force Base
Published: 2016/07/04
Channel: WPRI
Nellis vs Empire 10/12/2014
Nellis vs Empire 10/12/2014
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: Greg McPhail
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
BARON vs BLITZ vs DRAEGAST! Who has the Biggest EMPIRE? (Eight Minute Empires Multiplayer Gameplay)
BARON vs BLITZ vs DRAEGAST! Who has the Biggest EMPIRE? (Eight Minute Empires Multiplayer Gameplay)
Published: 2017/09/11
Channel: BaronVonLetsPlay
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
ADVANCED Turkish Air Force UAV surveillance aircraft
ADVANCED Turkish Air Force UAV surveillance aircraft
Published: 2015/08/15
Channel: ArmedForcesUpdate
Their Majesties Pay Empire Air Day Visit
Their Majesties Pay Empire Air Day Visit
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: British Movietone
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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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