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Empire Air Day  (1934)
Empire Air Day (1934)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
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Inland Empire Explorer - Norton Air Force Base Museum
Published: 2015/05/25
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Their Majesties Pay Empire Air Day Visit
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: British Movietone
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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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Terminal phase of dying US empire? GSSAP satellite war but in Detroit they have no water
Published: 2014/07/29
Channel: PublicEnquiry
(EMPIRE AND ALLIES)  EP:3 AIR FORCE ATTACK
(EMPIRE AND ALLIES) EP:3 AIR FORCE ATTACK
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: MikGo59
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The Force Awakens - LEGO Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back Vignette
Published: 2016/06/14
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US Military WORLDS LARGEST m1 Abrams Tank Stockpile
Published: 2015/07/01
Channel: ArmedForcesUpdate
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
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Why does the US have 800 military bases around the world?
Published: 2015/05/18
Channel: Vox
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Longest STS line in The Myrmidon Empire History :D
Published: 2012/12/30
Channel: markus_fink
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
Star Wars Rogue One: FULL Space Battle of Scarif Supercut [1080p] - Better than The Battle of Endor?
Star Wars Rogue One: FULL Space Battle of Scarif Supercut [1080p] - Better than The Battle of Endor?
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: Robin Hood Of Videos
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Penny Drop | MythBusters
Published: 2011/02/11
Channel: Discovery
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
Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!
Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!
Published: 2014/07/02
Channel: Frank Wunderlich
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Yoden Mod 2017 - Empire Attack on Starkiller Base! - Star Wars: Empire at War Mod
Published: 2016/10/28
Channel: MasterofRoflness
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ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY EXPOSED in Indian Air Force Su 30MKI Aircraft
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: ArmedForcesUpdate
4/16/16  2016 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW  INLAND EMPIRE 2016
4/16/16 2016 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE 2016
Published: 2016/04/19
Channel: AWESOME AIR 4 CHRIST
,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
(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
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
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British Military FINAL WARNING to invading Rus Air Force Aircraft Documentary
Published: 2016/03/13
Channel: ArmedForcesUpdate
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bellows paintball empire axe
Published: 2012/04/09
Channel: Nicholas Lane
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
AirFest 2016: Thunder Over The Empire
AirFest 2016: Thunder Over The Empire
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: Jerry Leija
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
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Over Head Awesome Video! Must Watch!
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Over Head Awesome Video! Must Watch!
Published: 2012/08/11
Channel: LAXSPOTTER97
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
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What is... The Clone Wars Mod - Empire At War Forces of Corruption
Published: 2015/05/04
Channel: TheXPGamers
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
THUNDER OVER THE EMPIRE THUNDER BIRDS FLYOVER
THUNDER OVER THE EMPIRE THUNDER BIRDS FLYOVER
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: itswhatisee
, (241 rmx) 2016 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE (4/16/16)
, (241 rmx) 2016 MARCH AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW INLAND EMPIRE (4/16/16)
Published: 2016/04/18
Channel: CHIEFBIGFAITH
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bellows paintball empire axe 24 march 2012
Published: 2012/04/01
Channel: Nicholas Lane
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
'Empire Air Mail Scheme' by flying boat from Southampton to Australia 1938
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: Southampton on Video
Nellis vs Empire 10/12/2014
Nellis vs Empire 10/12/2014
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: Greg McPhail
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II
Published: 2012/08/10
Channel: LAXSPOTTER97
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
Star Wars News Episode I Donald Glover, Lando Calrissian | Inside the Empire |
Star Wars News Episode I Donald Glover, Lando Calrissian | Inside the Empire |
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: Inside the Empire
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
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
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Solos Flyby
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Solos Flyby
Published: 2012/08/11
Channel: LAXSPOTTER97
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Converge
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Converge
Published: 2012/08/14
Channel: LAXSPOTTER97
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Delta Roll
2012 Thunder Over the Empire at March ARB USAF Thunderbirds Delta Roll
Published: 2012/08/14
Channel: LAXSPOTTER97
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Nelly - Air Force Ones ft. Kyjuan, Ali, Murphy Lee
Published: 2009/10/06
Channel: NellyVEVO
Manchuria under Japanese Control: "Manchukuo: The Newborn Empire" circa 1937 Beaux Art Productions
Manchuria under Japanese Control: "Manchukuo: The Newborn Empire" circa 1937 Beaux Art Productions
Published: 2013/05/11
Channel: Jeff Quitney
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Published: 2016/07/03
Channel: Clash With Ed
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
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The GREAT ULTIMATE try not to laugh challenge
Published: 2014/08/25
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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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