Adair Air Force Station
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|Adair Air Force Station|
|Part of Air Defense Command (ADC)|
Front entrance of Adair Air Force Station, Oregon
|Type||Air Force Station|
|Code||ADC ID: DC-13, NORAD ID: DC-13|
|Controlled by||United States Air Force|
Initial construction by the Air Force on Camp Adair began in 1957 with the large, three story concrete Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center, along with buildings for a barracks, dining hall, officer's quarters and open mess's. In addition a base exchange, dispensary, gymnasium, a headquarters building, supply facilities were constructed. 150 family housing units were also built for married personnel.
The SAGE system was a network linking Air Force (and later FAA) General Surveillance Radar stations into a centralized center for Air Defense, intended to provide early warning and response for a Soviet nuclear attack. DC-13 was activated on 1 September 1958 by the Portland Air Defense Sector (PADS), under the 25th Air Division. DC-13 with its AN/FSQ-7 computer was transferred to the 26th Air Division on 1 April 1966 when the PADS was inactivated.
In addition to the SAGE and station facilities, construction of a CIM-10 Bomarc surface-to-air missile complex was begun in 1959. Budget restrictions and other issues caused the cancellation of the Bomarc deployment when the deployment was cancelled in March 1960 after the facility was 50% completed.
SAGE operations continued until 30 September 1969 when technology advances allowed the Air Force to shut down many SAGE Data Centers. With the closure of DC-13, Adair AFS was closed. Today, Adair Air Force Station is a part of the city of Adair Village. The SAGE blockhouse remains, in private hands. The Bomarc site is now wooded and abandoned, some concrete pads intermixed in the woods.
USAF units assigned
- 26th Air Division, 1 April 1966 – 30 September 1969
- Portland Air Defense Sector, 1 September 1958 – 1 April 1966
- List of United States Air Force aircraft control and warning squadrons
- List of USAF Aerospace Defense Command General Surveillance Radar Stations
- A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
- Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.
- Information for Adair AFS, OR