Lufkin Air Force Station

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Lufkin Air Force Station

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Part of Air Defense Command (ADC)
Coordinates 31°25′17″N 094°48′10″W / 31.42139°N 94.80278°W / 31.42139; -94.80278 (Lufkin AFS TM-193)
Type Air Force Station
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1957
In use 1957-1961
Garrison information
Garrison 815th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Lufkin AFS is located in Texas
Lufkin AFS
Lufkin AFS
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Location of Lufkin AFS, Texas

Lufkin Air Force Station (ADC ID: TM-193) is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station. It is located 7.2 miles (11.6 km) northwest of Lufkin, Texas. It was closed in 1961.

History[edit]

Lufkin Air Force Station came into existence as part of Phase III of the Air Defense Command Mobile Radar program. On October 20, 1953 ADC requested a third phase of twenty-five radar sites be constructed.

The 815th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron was moved to Lufkin AFS on 14 February 1957. It began operating an AN/FPS-3A search radar and an AN/FPS-6 height-finder radar, 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.

The Air Force inactivated Lufkin on 1 June 1961 due to budgetary constraints.

Air Force units and assignments[edit]

Units[edit]

  • Constituted as the 815th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Activated on 8 November 1956 at Oklahoma City AFS, OK (not equipped or manned)
Moved to Lufkin AFS on 1 November 1957
Discontinued and inactivated on 1 June 1961

Assignments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Cornett, Lloyd H. and Johnson, Mildred W., A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, [1] Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson AFB, CO (1980).
  • Winkler, David F. & Webster, Julie L., Searching the Skies, The Legacy of the United States Cold War Defense Radar Program, [2] US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories, Champaign, IL (1997).
  • Information for Lufkin AFS, TX

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