Port Isabel Air Force Station

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Port Isabel Air Force Station
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Part of Air Defense Command (ADC)
Port Isabel AFS is located in Texas
Port Isabel AFS
Port Isabel AFS
Location of Port Isabel AFS, Texas
Coordinates 26°09′20″N 097°20′16″W / 26.15556°N 97.33778°W / 26.15556; -97.33778 (Port Isabel AFS TM-190)
Type Air Force Station
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1958
In use 1958-1961
Garrison information
Garrison 811th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron

Port Isabel Air Force Station (ADC ID: TM-190) is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station. It is located 18.7 miles (30.1 km) north-northeast of Brownsville, Texas. It was closed in 1961.

History[edit]

Port Isabel 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 811th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron was moved to the former Port Isabel Auxiliary Naval Air Station on 1 January 1958. It operated an AN/FPS-3A search radar and an AN/FPS-6 height-finder radar at the 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.

The Air Force inactivated Port Isabel AFS on 1 June 1961 due to budgetary constraints. Today the site is part of the Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport.

Air Force units and assignments[edit]

Units[edit]

  • Constituted as the 811th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Activated on 8 November 1956 at Oklahoma City AFS, OK (not equipped or manned)
Moved to Port Isabel AFS on 1 January 1958
Discontinued and inactivated on 1 June 1961

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

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